The Bristol to Arundel Pilgrimage 2023

Day 9: Andover to Winchester

The morning walk climbs up south of Andover, goes under the A303 and heads south through ancient Harewood Forest, before joining the Test Way and descending into the picturesque village of Wherwell. Wherwell church is close to what remains of Wherwell Abbey (on private land). The walk traverses the wide valley of the River Test via Chilbolton Cow Common, an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) to the pub. Chilbolton Church has an unusual millennium sculpture of Christ. The afternoon walk leaves the Test Way and climbs steadily past the Radio Telescope on Chilbolton Down, with fine views back, and along a Drove Road via pretty villages of Crawley and Sparsholt, through wide undulating fields and woodland. The walk approaches Winchester on a narrow lane, through the suburbs of Winchester and to the City centre. This is a long walk, but easy underfoot and with one stile.

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Ready to depart, at The Bridge, Andover Aidan Simons

The Methodist church where we stayed last night. Aidan Simons

The Bridge, our other accommodation Aidan Simons

The John Russell Fox pub where we took John Russell for a drink last night John Chenery

The original doorway to the parish church, moved 250m to this location in the early 19th century Aidan Simons

The parish church of St Marys towers over the town John Chenery

Organist Norman Rimmer at St Mary's Andover gillgodber

Pilgrim cross presentation at St Marys Andover gillgodber

The wonderfully light interior of Andover parish church, where we joined their uplifting 9am Holy Communion service Aidan Simons

And coffee afterwards! Aidan Simons

Millennium window Aidan Simons

Spot the swallow in this modern window, celebrating the parish's link with Africa (the swallow migrating there and back) Aidan Simons

Leaving the town Aidan Simons

Crikey, a hill!! Aidan Simons

Harewood Forest

Mark and Moira after we passed under the main A303 Aidan Simons

Old and new uses of rural land John Chenery

A pleasant but at times challenging walk through the forest Aidan Simons


Into the pretty village of Wherwell Aidan Simons

Wherwell church, where Sue led the reflection Aidan Simons

Wandering through Harewood Forest gillgodber

Sue with the couple whose story formed the basis of her reflection Aidan Simons

Some of the pilgrims outside Wherwell church Aidan Simons

The river Test Aidan Simons


Our lunch stop Aidan Simons

Chilbolton Church John Chenery

Altar in Chilbolton Church John Chenery

Millennium Sculpture in Chilbolton Church John Chenery

Chilbolton church Aidan Simons

Window in Chilbolton church Aidan Simons

Chilbolton Aidan Simons

Chilbolton Observatory Aidan Simons

Roadside drinks Aidan Simons


Crawley church Aidan Simons

Inside Crawley church Aidan Simons

Hampshire views Aidan Simons


Near Sparsholt College Aidan Simons

Sparsholt church Aidan Simons

Drinks Stop outside St Stephen, Sparsholt John Chenery

Inside Sparsholt church Aidan Simons

Is this eagle holding a football? John Chenery

Approaching Winchester

Looking towards Farley Mount Aidan Simons

Actually we have only around 35 pilgrims this year John Chenery