A 5 mile circular walk from the Hampshire market town of New Alresford. The walk starts from the station car park (the terminus of the Watercress Line heritage steam railway) and crosses the town to join the riverside path along the pretty River Alre. The route then swings north and west through ancient lanes and farm tracks to reach Old Alresford with its beautiful church, before returning alongside streams to New Alresford. The riverside paths are stunning with chance to really appreciate the fast-running clear water that makes such a perfect environment for the base of Hampshire's watercress industry.
The route follows a mixture of tarmac, stone and grass paths/lanes and whilst most of these are well-made, the route can get a little muddy after wet weather. There are no stiles and gates but there are a few long and steady climbs and descents. There are public toilets on Station Road near the start of the walk and there are many options for refreshments in the town itself. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
New Alresford can be found just off the A31 about 8 miles from Winchester. The walk starts from Station Car Park, a pay and display car park at the end of Station Road alongside the station for the Watercress Line steam railway station. Approximate post code SO24 9JG. Parking is free on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Brown tourism signs mark the station from the centre of the town. If you are coming by train, the steam railway runs services from Alton where you can connect to the main network (check train times before you travel).
To book discount train tickets to this location please visit Train Genius