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|Alresford Watercress Trail|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 12 May 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|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).
|Start to Fulling Mill Cottage|
Start point: 51.0886 lat, -1.1618 long
The walk starts from New Alresford (pronounced Allsford) Station, the terminus of the heritage steam railway known as the Watercress Line. The line runs for 10 miles from Alton to Alresford and gained its name in the days when it was used to transport watercress to the markets in London. On the third Sunday in May every year the town hosts a Watercress Festival which attracts more than 15,000 visitors.
|Fulling Mill Cottage to Drove Lane|
Start point: 51.0943 lat, -1.1665 long
The Cottage gets its name from the process by which cloth is washed, cleaned, beaten and thickened back in the times that a cloth mill was run here. The cloth would have been washed in baskets lowered into the river below the mill and then beaten by large water operated hammers.
|Drove Lane to Fobdown Farm|
Start point: 51.0915 lat, -1.1816 long
Turn left for a few yards and as you reach the bend, cross over to turn right onto the track signed for Wayfarer’s Walk. Follow this path for some distance and at the far end you’ll emerge to a T-junction. Turn right onto this track and head steadily uphill until you reach the T-junction with the road.
|Fobdown Farm to Basingstoke Road|
Start point: 51.1019 lat, -1.1859 long
Turn right onto the driveway immediately after the cream-coloured farmhouse. Continue past cottages and farm buildings on the right and at the end keep ahead on the grass track past stables to the right and then between hedgerows.
|Basingstoke Road to End|
Start point: 51.1015 lat, -1.1625 long
Cross over with care and follow the path opposite up the grass verge. Turn right along the pavement and follow this until you emerge out by St Mary’s Church. Cross the main road at this point to follow the pavement on the right of the road, passing the church to the left.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
this walk is closed for up to 6 months from the 20/06/14
|By tismeinnit on 2014-06-27 09:38:49|
We did this walk today. All open so quiet, we parked in the main village car park not the train station. Ideal walk if not very fit only a very small incline nothing to strenuous mostly on the flat.
|By HeidiDimon on 2015-06-21 17:58:14|
We did the walk today 19/7/15 , enjoyed it very much not too hard especially as testing a fairly new hip !! The app worked fine and we could check our progress easily.
|By muddygig on 2015-07-19 19:15:36|
Did this walk yesterday, 18/12/2015. It was beautiful but we went wrong somewhere - cannot work out where but somewhere fairly early on, I think. We ended up walking miles (about seven, we think) and ended up above Abbotstone which meant walking a fair distance along a busy main road which was a bit hairy! Still enjoyed it but would like to get it right next time.
|By sarahlc on 2015-12-19 15:34:25|
Did this walk today - heartily enjoyed the riverside and the quietness of the countryside - despite it being Easter half term.
|By hantsdee on 2016-04-04 16:29:44|
Lovely walk with some nice views and little cottages.
|By spike290166 on 2016-04-10 18:14:10|
Walked this in mid July. The hedgerows were very high so most of the views were obscured. The river section was lovely.
|By veronicaks on 2016-07-17 19:42:45|
Lovely start. Pretty boring with long stretches of high hedgerows at times.
|By iantomes on 2016-07-30 16:12:16|
Did this walk today 14/08/16 easy walk but would suggest going the other way round if warm - easier for the dog to cool off in the river !!
|By Alexdennis on 2016-08-14 13:25:39|
Nice walk but as previous comments long stretches of hedgerows ! Great for blackberry picking though when in season !
|By jaxtiller on 2016-10-09 17:37:47|
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