Monarch's Way, Michelmersh and Braishfield

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This easy circular walk follows in part the route of the Monarch's Way between the lower Test Valley villages of Michelmersh and Braishfield. Each of the villages boasts a distinctive church. There are sweeping views across large areas of the lower Test Valley from many points on the route and on a spring morning, the absence of traffic noise and the volume of birdsong coming from hedgerows and trees along the route can be astonishing. In mid-April, several places along the route boast patches of bluebells. Numerous other wildflowers may be found growing in the ancient hedgerows en route. The going underfoot is good after a reasonable spell of dry weather, but a couple of short stretches can become muddy after rain.

Unfortunately the Newport Inn at Braishfield is no longer open.

England - South England - Hampshire - Countryside


Birds, Church, Flowers, Pub, Wildlife
22/03/2020 - Paul and Tracy Dawson

Most enjoyable walk, especially on a bright and sunny day like we had, through lovely countryside and some amazing houses along the way. Mainly good paths but some muddy ones, even after a weeks dry weather. Walk details still fine although we made height gain over 700ft?

20/05/2015 - David and Chris Stewart

Thanks to John Crisp for his updates to this walk, May 2015. Walkingworld Admin.

24/07/2011 - Jill Larby

Lovely day to tackle this walk, there are a couple of difficult stiles to get over if you have a large dog with you. The section between waymark 9-10 was very difficult due to the lack of use, Stinging nettles and thistles barred the way to the exstent of us nearly terminating the walk at this point.

27/03/2009 - Helena Pugsley

Did this walk on a sunny March weekend (22/03/09) and can recommend it. It took about 3 hours (stopping for photos but not the pubs!). None of the hills were too strenuous and there were some lovely views. More about the walk and some photos on my blog -

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