Test Valley’s stunning River Anton Way is now even bigger and better, with an extra 5.5 miles of beautiful village views to enjoy. Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Iris Andersen, officially opened the new route at Rooksbury Mill on Saturday, 24 October.
Created in 2012 as part of the council’s River Anton Enhancement Scheme, the River Anton Way was originally a scenic 3.8 mile walk along the River Anton from Charlton Lakes in the north to Rooksbury Mill Local Nature Reserve in the south. This year, the council has worked closely with Andover Ramblers to extend the River Anton Way, which now also runs through the picturesque parishes of Upper Clatford, Goodworth Clatford, Wherwell and Chilbolton before joining the Test Way.
Andover Ramblers has been instrumental in defining and waymarking the new route and the group walked the River Anton Way as part of the official opening, along with the Mayor’s consort, Councillor John Cockaday.
Portfolio holder for community and leisure, Councillor Tony Ward, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to Andover Ramblers for all their hard work to help extend and waymark the walk. They have done a fantastic job.
“We are incredibly lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country. I would encourage everyone to take a stroll along the new River Anton Way and make the most of the fresh air and wonderful views.”
The council has produced leaflets to promote the walk and these will be available on the council’s website and from local tourist information centres.