Welcome to The Watercress Way

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The Watercress Way

A 27 mile waymarked circular route for walkers , using sections of two old railways, existing rights of way between Alresford, Kings Worthy and Sutton Scotney, NE of Winchester . Some sections are accessible for cyclists and horse riders and wheelchair users.

The old Watercress Line and the Didcot-Newbury-Southampton Railway were closed in 1963 and 1973 respectively, but sections are gradually becoming accessible. 

The Watercress Way charity was formed in 2016 to campaign for public awareness and use of these old tracks. 

This trail is unusual since it links old railways with historic livestock droves, passing through beautiful rolling chalk Hampshire downland and along the sparkling world renowned Rivers Itchen, Arle and Dever. 

Many shorter routes are available from the main trail.


Our Aim


'To improve the easily accessible, non-motorised circular route linking the communities of Alresford, Kings Worthy and Sutton Scotney via disused railways and existing droves.'

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