Wherwell: What to see and do
PUBLISHED: 17:58 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:02 20 February 2013
Bursting with country charm and a lovely local inn, Wherwell is the perfect picture postcard village
Most noted for...
Its fascinating history. Previous to the reformation, the Parish of Wherwell was under the watchful eye of an important Abbey of Benedictine nuns, whose Abbess was the Lady of the Manor of not just Wherwell, but a much greater area. When the Abbey was at its most powerful the village was of considerable importance as Kings hunted in the local forests and exiled Queens took refuge here.
While youre here...
Visit the common. You get there by crossing the pretty bridge from the village. Enjoy spotting some of the local wildlife such as herons, kingfishers and butterflies you may even see a brown trout.
But try not to...
Be spooked by the gargoyles evident on the gothic Victorian Mausoleum to be found in the grounds of St Peter and Holy Cross Church. The church itself is a replacement to the ancient building founded by Queen Elfrida in AD 986. Pieces of the old church have been used inside the present building, of particular interest is the figure of the great Abbess Euphemia and the Elizabethan tomb of Sir Owen West who died in AD 1226 (of the De la Warr family).
A well earned rest after a circular walk through the Anton Valley, in to the village and then through part of Harewood Forest. Along the way youre sure to spot deer, pheasant and several species of butterfly. The walk starts at the junction of the B3420 and A3057. Visit walkingworld.com for the full directions.
Eat and drink at: The Mayfly, Testcombe, near Stockbridge SO20 6AX. Tel. 01264 860283
Just over a mile from Wherwell, this glorious pub is swarming with sun worshippers and walkers during the summer months who descend to drink in the beautiful view of the River Test. The pub has been in The Good Food Guide and its not hard to see why looking at their extensive blackboard menu, theres something for everyone. This is a must-visit.
Stay at: The White Lion, Winchester Road, Wherwell SP11 7JF. Tel. 01264 860317
This family-run pub and inn is great for a stop-off to refuel on real ale and delicious home-cooked food. It also has four very pretty rooms as overnight accommodation, with prices starting at 65 for a double room for two. Short break deals are also available.
Whats in a name?
The White Lion pub used to stable its own horses to provide extra horse power to pull heavy coaches up the steep gradient of The Old Hill going to Andover. These horses were referred to as the Cock horse.
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