Route: Mottisfont

Area: Hampshire

Date of walk: 17th July 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.0 miles

Weather: Cloudy with some bright spells

Mottisfont is owned and managed by the National Trust and is famous for its world class collection of old fashioned roses. We knew that we’d missed them at their peak, but a visit at any time of year is worthwhile as there’s much else to see besides the roses

We made a beeline for the walled garden and then wandered over the lawns past the medieval priory, joining the path running along the bank of the Abbey Stream – a man-made channel that was created to bring the River Test (‘the finest chalk stream in the world’) closer to the house

We followed the lovely stream as far as the fishing hut, then crossed over the bridge and walked back along the other bank. We saw many trout in the crystal clear waters as we did so

We only had time for a short visit today, although there is a longer 6 mile Estate Path which we hope to try sometime 

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