GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Romsey Canal Walk

2 miles (3 km)

Enjoy an easy stroll along the old Andover Barge Canal on this short walk in Romsey. The Andover Canal was opened in 1794 and ran 22 miles (35km) from Andover to Redbridge through Stockbridge and Romsey. The canal had a fall of 179 feet (55m) through 24locks, and for much of its length paralleled theRiver AntonandRiver Test.
This walk takes you along a section of the canal in the market town of Romsey in Hampshire. You can start the walk just to the east of the train station where there's a footpath running along the narrow canal. You can follow it north for about 2 miles to Ashley Meadows before returning on the same path. Just to the west of the canal there's some nice footpaths along the River Test which also runs through the town.
The town is also worth exploring with a fine Market Place with many historic buildings. There's also the splendid Romsey Abbey, the largest parish church in Hampshire.
You could also pick up the waymarked Test Way which explores the beautiful Test Valley. You could follow the trail a short distance to the north and visit Mottisfont Abbey. The 13th century Augustinian priory is surrounded by glorious grounds and is a major highlight of the area.
Just to the east of the town you will find the Tadburn Meadows Nature Reserve where there's a nice sculpture trail and lots of wildlife to see.
The Monarch's Way long distance trail runs just to the east of the town. You can pick this up and enjoy trails through Ampfield Woods.


SO51 8HL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Romsey Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Romsey Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Romsey Canal

  • Danebury Hill Fort - Climb to Danebury Hill Fort and Danebury Down on this short walk in Hampshire
  • Test Way - Travel through the Test Valley on this 45 mile walk through Hampshire and Berkshire.
    The route starts Eling Tide Mile near Totton heading north towards the Lower Test Nature Reserve and Romsey along the river
  • Mottisfont Abbey - Explore the extensive grounds of this 13th century Augustinian priory on foot or by bike
  • Ampfield Woods - This large woodland area near Hursley has miles of walking trails to try
  • Testwood Lakes - Enjoy an easy, waterside walk around these two pretty lakes in Totton, on the eastern edge of the New Forest
  • Itchen Way - Follow the River Itchen from its mouth at Woolston to its source near Hinton Ampner on this beautiful waterside walk
  • Lakeside Country Park - Enjoy 60 acres of lakes, wet meadow and woodland located between Eastleigh and Southampton
  • Itchen Valley Country Park - Explore 440 acres of parkland in this attractive country park in Southampton
  • Bramble Hill - This circular walk in the New Forest explores the area around Bramble Hill near the village of Bramshaw.
  • Southampton Common - Explore 326 acres of woodland, parkland, rough grassland, ponds, wetlands and nature trails on this lovely cycling and walking route in Southampton
  • Southampton Walls - A circular walk taking you around the historic walls of the city of Southampton.


The Three Tuns is a good choice for some post exercise refreshments. The historic country pub is over 300 years old and serves good quality food and real ales. There's a cosy interior and a niceoutside terrace for warmer days. They are a 5 minute walk from the Market Square at 58 Middlebridge St, SO51 8HL. The pub is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you follow the Test Way south for a couple of miles it will take you towards the lovely Testwood Lakes. This nature reserve has a series of nice footpaths with lots of wildfowl to look out for on the water.
For more walking ideas in the area see the New Forest Walks page.


Mid section of Canal Walk - - 1169798

Mid section of Canal Walk

Bridge from Fair Field to Canal Walk - - 1169791

Bridge from Fair Field to Canal Walk

Approaching a path junction on Canal Walk - - 1169801

Approaching a path junction on Canal Walk

The Square, Romsey - - 2627547

The Square, Romsey

Romsey, Hampshire - - 1923702

Bustling town centre

Romsey - Abbey Water - - 2859610

Abbey Water Walk

River Test From the A27, Romsey, Hampshire - - 1927558

River Test From the A27

Romsey Abbey - - 3388863

Romsey Abbey. The surviving Norman-era church is the town's outstanding feature and is now the largest parish church in the county ofHampshire


GPS Files

GPX File

Romsey Canal.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Romsey Canal.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)