Ten of the best villages near Andover, Hampshire
Posted 8 February 2016 by Helen Christie
Andover is a market town in the beautiful Test Valley in Hampshire. This attractive town has Saxon roots, and once played host to King Edgar's parliament in the 10th century. Much of Andover's town centre dates to the 1700s and was built at a time when the town was an important staging post between London, Oxford and Southampton.
The town offers a good range of shopping and leisure facilities including a new four-screen cinema and evening entertainments centre. The RAF and the Army have long been major employers in the area, and commuters to the capital benefit from direct services to London Waterloo taking around 70 minutes. There is a range of good schools, sports clubs and many other local organisations.
The countryside that surrounds Andover is home to many picturesque villages, and here’s our guide to the best.
Picket Piece is situated in the green hills of the Test Valley. With easy access to the town, the area has a number of new-build developments alongside older, more established homes. There is a small village hall that is home to a number of groups, including scouts and guides, and the Wyke Down pub and restaurant has a touring caravan and camping park.
Abbotts Ann is a small village three miles from Andover. This thriving little village has a community village shop and post office, a church and a primary school. Local walks are popular with residents and tourists.
To the south of Andover is the pretty village of Goodworth Clatford. Local life centres on St Peter's Church, while amenities include a primary school, two pubs, a park, village hall, tennis courts, a shop and a post office.
Charlton is home to around 2,000 people and lies at the edge of urban Andover. The village has a leisure centre, with a full range of facilities including a running track, floodlit football and cricket pitches, a BMX track, fishing lake and two golf courses.
This village is home to the Enham Alamein Trust, set up by King George V to care for and retrain injured WWI soldiers. The village boasts a number of pretty thatched and white-painted houses, a sports ground and village hall.
Weyhill lies three miles west of Andover and is home to around 650 people. This little gem of a village has a church, village hall and tearoom, and its historic fairground has been hosting fairs for over 900 years.
Thruxton is a village situated on the A303, five miles from Andover. The village retains its old world charm with many thatched cottages, manor houses and a traditional village green. Visitors to the area can enjoy motor racing at Thruxton Circuit.
Amport is home to 650 people and has a primary school, village green and 14th Century church among its pretty white-painted cottages. Pillhill Brook is popular with trout fishermen and walkers, while the Hawk Conservatory has a wide collection of birds of prey.
Wherwell village is home to thriving groups and societies, and boasts a number of idyllic thatched homes and beautiful lanes. The wooded areas to the north offer many walking routes which slope down to the River Test, and water meadows that are home to many species of birds.
Chilbolton is a typical Hampshire village, five miles south of Andover. There is a wide range of facilities in this pretty little village, including a shop and post office, village hall, church and pub.
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