Clues To Go    -    Stockbridge to Romsey

Starting in the small town of Stockbridge, west of Winchester, this route meanders around some narrow country lanes before finishing in Romsey.

Although this route finishes in Romsey, there are no questions to be answered in that town. However, it makes a convenient end to the route if you plan on finding refreshment upon completion.

As you approach Romsey, you may wish to visit Mottisfont Abbey, if you are interested in horticulture, or Broadlands, the former home of Lord Palmerston & the late Lord Louis Mountbatten (open only July & August).

Stockbridge dates back to the 12th century, when its name then was 'Street', which is still relevant now, as the village centre is still one long, wide road (it used to be a drovers' road). For some reason, Stockbridge has featured several times in the Doctor Who TV series.

The unusual names of Middle & Nether Wallop derive from the Saxon terms 'waella' & 'hop', meaning stream & valley. Nether Wallop was used for the setting of Miss Marple's village of St Mary Mead in the BBC detective series.

There are no problems in parking on Stockbridge's High Street. This road was named 'best Foodie Street' in the Google Street Awards, 2010, as you will find a cross section of shops, tea rooms, pubs & restaurants there selling local produce.

The rest of the route is along beautiful country roads, with easy stops along the way to answer questions in the villages.

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