Test Way – Bank Holiday Monday

Its been a week or so since I ran last so I decided to join a couple of running buddies this bank holiday Monday to make up for it. We did a stretch of the Test Way. Starting at Fullerton area (just near to The Mayfly pub) we ran to KimBridge, mostly trails and fairly flat.

Start of the run - Near Fullerton

Start of the run – Near Fullerton

This is quite a nice part of the Test Way if you’re looking for something flat but off-road. It follows the old Sprat and Winkle line – mostly straight.  The surface is trail like but is fairly well used, so plenty of grip below.

The first part is very straight and long, taking you under old railway bridges. It runs alongside the main road. Thankfully, there are lots of trees for shelter as the weather wasn’t wonderful when we started.

Test Way - Stockbridge

Test Way – Stockbridge OS Map

Once you get to Stockbridge, you then pick up the trail again and run alongside the marsh area – this is quite popular around here. We stuck to the Test Way, rather than getting completely covered in mud in there.

The next bit of road is at Horsebridge. You cross over the road and pick up the trail again here. There is part of the old Horsebridge station, so it is worth slowing down and having a peak through the bushes. In the summer, you can visit for tea on the old station platform!

Horsebridge Station - 2013

Horsebridge Station – 2013

From here, the Test Way continues fairly straight until you turn off to head to Mottisfont Abbey. You skirt around the abbey grounds and then hit the road. This is owned by the National Trust so the path doesn’t take you too close to the building. This finally couple of miles was good fun.

Long grass, bridges over water and a few cheeky hills to increase the heart rate! Kimbridge was our final destination – a really lovely looking area to visit in the sunshine.

Course Profile

Course Profile

We finished off at the Bear and Ragged Staff in Kimbridge with smiles on our faces. A great 10.6 miler, at the right pace for a steady, slow run.  Nothing aches too much and I felt like I could have squeezed out a few more miles if needed. A successful run!

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