A free local history walk is being held in March, focusing on the history of the old Andover Canal and railway line.
On Saturday 24th March, borough councillor David Denny will lead people on a relaxed but informative walk route which will take in a lot of local history of the area, in particular the history of the Andover Canal and Railway line, following the route of it for some of the walk.
The walk will start at 10am and people are asked to meet in front of Asda in Andover around 9.45 for a prompt start.
Councillor Denny says, “This will be a great day out for people of all ages.
“The route is for the most part off-road, following footpaths, but there are a couple of stretches that will require us to walk along the road for short stretches.”
The walk distance is around 4.5 miles and is circular in nature from the start point to the finish. The walk will take around 2 hours to complete and will finish at the Station Inn on Bridge Street which has a lot of related history with the walk topics of Canal and Railway.
Dogs are welcome, but will need to be kept on leads for some stretches due to sheep and traffic. Whilst suitable for older children, it is mostly off-road and may pose a challenge with styles and gates to navigate.
If you intend to go on the walk you are advised to ensure that you wear suitable clothing and footwear, given the recent weather some stretches of the walk are likely to be quite muddy.
If the weather is warmer, then please also think about having a bottle of water to hand to remain hydrated.
Councillor Denny adds, “There will be a more detailed hand-out available on the day and details of the walk will be published by Test Valley Borough Council on their website and via the Tourist information.”