Stonymarsh to Stockbridge along The Test Way

Stonymarsh to Stockbridge along part of ‘The Test Way’.  - 5 miles

If you are looking for a traffic free cycle ride along a dedicated cycle way in this area this could be for you. This 5 mile cycle ride takes along an easy graded cycle trail from Stonymarsh to Stockbridge. Including the return trip is 10 mile ride.

Starting from Stonymarsh Car Park, which is situated on the A3057 which is about three quarters of a mile north of the village of Timsbury, and just 400 yards along the road from The Bear & Ragged Staff Pub, you cycle northwards along the disused railway line which is part of The Test Way.

As you cycle along the tree lined cycle trail you will pass various places of interest along the way. As you start your ride you are very near to Mottisfont Abbey on your left hand side as you cycle along near to the village of Mottisfont. The abbey is thought to originate from Saxon times where meetings were held. In 1201, William Briwere founded an Augustinian priory on the site, which was later converted into a house by William Lord Sandys. Today it is owned and run by the National Trust.

As you near the half way point of the ride you pass the old Horsebridge Railway Station.

When you come to the old station you TURN LEFT by the old platform, cross the bridge, cross the road (Horsebridge Road) and rejoin the Test Way Trail on the other side of the road.

As you continue along the trail you pass Marsh Court Lake on your left and Marsh Court House on the right. Now cycle about another half a mile and you will come to the end of the trail at Stockbridge. The main village is on your left hand side as you enter the village and you will find various cafes and pubs etc. for refreshments. The village of Stockbridge is on the River Test, in the Test Valley district and renowned for trout fishing.
Should you wish to return via a different route you could turn left at the village of Stockbridge and cycle along The High Street for about 400 yards and then turn left after you pass The Greyhound pub on your right and the river, and then follow the country lane through the villages of Houghton, Bossington and Mottisfont where you turn left back towards the car park from where you started your cycle ride. This return journey would slightly increase the mileage of the overall route. The Test Way is also a popular route for ramblers so
remember to take care and give way to pedestrians on your cycle ride.

 

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