A river runs through it - Overton
PUBLISHED: 16:55 14 December 2010 | UPDATED: 17:27 20 February 2013
Famed for its sheep fair, its plethora of independent shops <br/><br/>and situation on the River Test, Overton is a fascinating <br/><br/>village to explore
Most noted for...
The annual July Sheep fair (held in Winchester Street) dating back to 1246. This tradition was revived in 2000 and a Sheep Fair is now held every four years, the next is July 2012. However, Chairman of the Sheepfair Committee Jeff Teagle has said that some members are retiring this year and the village is looking for new volunteers from the community to help.
While youre here...
Take up the challenge of walking from Overton to Whitchurch. It is a lengthy distance at 10 miles but along the way you can marvel at the River Test, famous for its trout fishing and take in the views of Watership Down. Find the walk at walkingclub.org.uk and dont forget to pack a picnic!
But try not to...
Miss the Overton Gallery. Owners Richard and Zoe transformed this formally run down newsagents 14 years ago and since then have opened a tea room with a courtyard garden. In the shop you can choose from a plethora of unique gifts and greeting cards as well as peruse the prints and artwork on show.
A tour of Whitchurch Silk Mill. This is just a couple of miles away in the neighbouring village but for just 4 you can be guided around this fascinating mill, which is still in operation.
Eat at: The Red Lion on Overtons High Street is a popular gastro-pub offering alfresco dining in the beer garden or on the heated, covered patio. Just a couple of the choices on the menu include Scottish Loin of Venison and Haddock in Pots Ale beer batter, chips and homemade tartar sauce.
Tel. 01256 773363
Drink at: The Watership Down pub in Freefolk is just a couple of miles away. If you want to enjoy some time outside over a pint, this is the place to bring friends and family. The owners have introduced a new menu and have overhauled the garden area by including a decked area, boule court and garden games. Tel. 01256 892254.
Stay at: Mallards Bed & Breakfast. Situated on the edge of the pretty River Test the double rooms here cost 65 per night which includes a full English breakfast. Tel. 01256 770039.
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