Distance 6.46 miles (10.40 km) Duration 3 hrs Calories 900 (est.)
A historic market town, ancient trading routes, a deserted village, and a heritage railway service set the stage for this engaging walking tour. The walk starts and ends in the charming Hampshire town of New Alresford (pronounced ‘Allsford’), which Country Life magazine voted its ‘Favourite Market Town’ in the south-east. With its evocative colour-washed Georgian houses, specialist shops, independent cafes and old-fashioned inns, you can see why.
Though founded in the 12th Century, most of the modern town dates back to the mid 18th Century, when it was rebuilt after the last devastating fire to hit the town in 1736. (There were quite a few fires in the 17th and 18th Centuries, leading to the town gaining a reputation as a dangerous place to live!). The town is famous as being the capital of the UK Watercress industry and the train station is serviced by the Mid-Hants Steam Railway, also known as the Watercress Line.
Starting at the pay and display car park at the train station, this 6.5 mile walk takes you down through the town, along the River Alre and out into the surrounding countryside using some ancient paths and tracks. You will see examples of the famed watercress beds in nearby farms. When you return to the town, you will be able to enjoy well-deserved refreshments in one of the town’s cafés or pubs, see discount offer below.
The walk uses pavement/roads and well-marked pathways. There are some stretches that may be wet/boggy, so be prepared.
Also note that access to the Eel House, one of the stops on the walk, is limited to a few open days each year. See the New Alresford Town Trust website (http://www.towntrust.org.uk/eel_house.htm) for dates.
10% discount on a la carte menu items at The Globe
Handheld Tours customers who have purchased this tour will be offered a 10% discount on a la carte menu items at the Globe pub. Just show the Globe stop page when placing your order to be eligible for this discount. So why not treat yourself to a well-deserved meal to finish off your tour.
Not sure you’re ready to go paper-free? Here’s the OS map covering the tour area:
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