CHILBOLTON COW COM­MON

Countryfile Magazine - - Great Days Out -

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.

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