PUBLISHED: 17:24 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:02 20 February 2013
The twin villages of Upper and Goodworth Clatford both straddle the pretty River Anton and although they may share the same name, they are very different in character
Most noted for...
Upper Clatford is well known for its charming thatched cottages, as well as its country walks, one of which can take you from the village, along the lovely River Anton (where you can spot trout) to Goodworth Clatford. Visithttp://www.nqsouthern.com/digitalpublication/digitalpublications/index.cfm?dpid=133§ion_id=1067 for detailed directions.
While youre here...
Visit the water meadows in Goodworth Clatford where you may be able to spot little grebe, water rail and perhaps even water voles. In Upper Clatford, take a stroll past the grand house known as Red Rice, which was built by General Webb around 1740, a subordinate of the Duke of Marlborough. Rumour has it the trees in the park which surrounds the house represent the troop line-up at the battle of Malplaquet in 1709.
But try not to...
Miss a stop off at Finkley Down Farm, which is just two miles away. A great day out for the family, the farm will keep everyone entertained with activities like bottlefeeding the lambs, pony grooming and chick handling. They regularly hold special events, such as an Easter Egg Hunt and Fun Rabbit Shows. For more details, tel. 01264 324141.
Take a look at the tumbledown water tower next to St Peters Church in Goodworth Clatford. It was made from timber in 1936 and the local community are hoping it will become part of the villages conservation plans in the future. Its certainly an unusual adage to the landscape.
Eat at: The Black Swan, High Street, Monxton, tel. 01264 710260
Dating from at least 1662, This pub is in a charming setting right next the river. Using locally sourced ingredients they cater for everything from a quick pub lunch to an intimate dinner for two.
Drink at: The Royal Oak, Village Street, Goodworth Clatford SP11 7QY. Tel. 01264 324105
With a plethora of ales to choose from and an extensive menu, The Royal Oak provides a lovely stop off if youre exploring the area. Enjoy a pint or two in the pretty beer garden.
Stay at: Esseborne Manor Hotel, Hurstborne Tarrant, Andover
SP11 0ER. Tel. 01264 736444
Esseborne Manor is over 100 years old and has been a country retreat all that time. Its warm and friendly and the comfortable bedrooms and lounges are like a home from home. Prices start at 75 per person per night for their special midweek break offer.
Did you know?
The original Saxon Pagan settlement by the river was known as Godas Enclosure. In the Domesday Book, the area is recorded as Godorde and by 1538 the church register reads Goodworth Clatford.