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Green arrow with watercress symbol on white backgroundWatercress Way


42 km / 26 miles
The Watercress Way is a planned 26 mile circular route through the beautiful Hampshire downlands and Itchen valley north-east of Winchester. At the boundary of the South Downs National Park, the route has a wealth of heritage and wildlife along the 'corridors ' of two abandoned railway lines and ancient livestock droves. The route starts at the Watercress Line steam railway in Alresford. There are many shorter options and links to several other trails: the Itchen Way, Wayfarers Walk, St Swithins Way and the Oxdrove.

Large sections are already open to cyclists and horse riders and the charity behind the Watercress Way aims to gradually open up more of the railway sections. There is a free pdf for existing walkable sections online and linkied below. There are several main 'gateways' to the walk with pubs, B&Bs or hotels at Alresford, Itchen Abbas, Kings Worthy ,Wonston and Sutton Scotney. The website below ( has further details and contact information. Donations are invited online to help complete the trail.


Waymark: Green arrow with watercress symbol on white background
Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: Green arrow with watercress symbol on white background
Attributes: Average Gradients
Start and Finish: SU588324 - New Alresford, Hampshire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2017
Web Sites: The Watercress Way

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External PDF The Watercress Way  (Watercress Way ) Download


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
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OS Landranger Active 185
OS Explorer 144
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Winchester Holiday Lets  (bookable online)
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Route Profile:

42.2 km (26.2 miles)
486 m (1,594 ft) ascent
126 m (413 ft)  maximum height

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