OS Wallpaper: January 2021

River Test by Tim Newman

The light fails on a tranquil winter’s evening over the River Test near Mottisfont in this photo submitted by Ordnance Survey's own Tim Newman, taken just a couple of weeks ago.

The River Test is a gently flowing river in Hampshire, near the OS Head office. For much of the length, you can follow the Test Way, a 72km (40 miles) long-distance footpath from Inkpen in west Berkshire to Eling, near Southampton. Much of the river is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and it's also a popular spot for fishing.

Tim has caught the last of the sun just as it was about to drop below the horizon in late afternoon, near Mottisfont village and Abbey.

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See here​ on OS Maps

You can find a route for the Test way on OS Maps, find out more about the local area from the GetOutside Local page for Mottisfont to find route ideas, more images, places to stay and more. If you are an amateur photographer and have a great landscape, cityscape or wildlife photo you would like to see featured, please see the submission guidelines.

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