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Guided walks along the River Test at Mottisfont

Tuesdays and Wednesdays until 25 September, 11.30am and 2pm: a rare chance to walk along the banks the River Test, to find out more about the importance of chalk steams and the work we do to protect them.

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

For the first time, we're offering guided walks along the banks of the River Test. As much of the river is privatised, this is a rare chance to get close to this unique habitat.

Led by volunteers, the walks will highlight the importance of chalk streams and the work we're doing to protect them. It's estimated there are only around 200 chalk streams in the world, 85% of them located in southern England. As you learn about how we're working to improve the health of the river and wildlife habitats, you'll have a chance to take in the peaceful atmosphere of the riverside environment.

We're offering two different walks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays:

11.30am-12.30pm: The Ebb and Flow of the River Test - Looking After Our Rivers Discover how the rivers define, respond, and react to their ever-changing environment, and the work our Rangers do to support this.

2-3pm: England's Rainforest - The Chalk Streams of the River Test Follow the course of freshwater as it journeys through the landscape. Discover the challenges chalk streams face, and the careful management we're using to restore our declining rivers.

Both walks will take around an hour, including a safety briefing, the walk from Mottisfont out to the river, a walk along the banks and the return to the property.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 5 March - 25 September. Property admission applies (free entry for National Trust members), plus £3 per person per walk. All money raised will go back into helping our conservation efforts.



Event ticket prices

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All per person£3.00
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The basics

Booking details

Call n/a Book at Visitor Reception on the day of the walk (please note, we cannot take advance bookings).


Not suitable for pushchairs/buggies.

Meeting point

Walks are booked on the day via Visitor Reception. You'll be directed to the start point when you make your booking, where our River Guide will be waiting to greet you.

What to bring and wear

Come prepared for the weather. Sturdy footwear with good grip such as walking boots/shoes or wellies recommended. No open-toed shoes or open sandals/flip flops.


Both walk routes are about 1km. There are stopping points for talk and discussion, but no seats along the route. Narrow, grassy paths which are uneven in places and can get muddy during periods of wet weather. Limited shade in hot weather. Not suitable for wheelchairs, mobility scooters or buggies. Safety briefing included, as the route crosses car parks/roads. Assistance dogs only.


Walks may be cancelled in cases of adverse weather or conservation work.

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