Walking, Cycling and Horse riding

The Watercress Way’s 42 km/26 mile circular trail, NE of Winchester, Hampshire is waymarked for walkers.

It follows parts of two Victorian railway lines closed mid C.20th, linked by historic livestock droves and crosses beautiful rolling chalk downland and parts of the rivers Itchen, Arle and Dever.

For those seeking shorter routes there are links to some circular loops starting from the main gateways around the trail: Alresford, Itchen Abbas, Martyr Worthy, Easton, Kings Worthy, South Wonston and Sutton Scotney.

Cyclists have a slightly different 26 mile route because some footpaths are used for the waymarked walking trail. The main cycle route follows a mixture of road and off road tracks.

Horse riders should use shorter 5-10-15 km circular routes based on the three main gateways, because of two major road crossings (A33), some long stretches of B- roads and footpath sections.

Parking places are indicated on the map for small horse boxes and trailers. These routes are also suitable for cyclists and walkers wanting mainly off road routes.

We recommend the use of an OS map/app with these guides

We operate totally through donations and grants
so please consider a donation for the use of these.

Donations pay for…

  • £5 one Waymarker
  • £10 printing 300 leaflets
  • £15 one leaflet holder
  • £20 a sturdy rake for conservation work
  • £50 is a durable small information sign
  • £200 for 5000 leaflets
  • £1000 for large freestanding vandal proofed interpretation boards

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