CHILBOLTON COW COMMON
1 TO THE RIVER
Drive to Joy’s Lane in Chilbolton and leave your car in the free car park. Follow the Test Valley Way through the common until you cross the footbridge over the River Test.
2 IN THEIR TERRITORY
Turn left along the bank of the river, walking downstream for 350m to the edge of the common. This is prime otter territory, so be alert.
3 A PAIR OF PONDS
Turn right away from the river along the path. After a few minutes you pass two ponds, both popular with otters.
4 PASSING THE TEST
Continue north-east along the path, keeping the river to your left before re-joining the Test Way at a footbridge.
5 BOG UNDER FOOT
Return towards the car park and re-cross the footbridge, turning right downstream to explore the opposite bank of the River Test. The going is often boggy, so wellingtons are essential. This is a 1.5 mile walk, so be sure to take your time.