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What to see

Whatever the time of year, there is always much to see and do here at the Watercress Line. Travelling our 10 mile line from one end to the other takes approximately 40 minutes. Your ticket gives you all day unlimited travel, allowing you to hop on and off at any of our four stations. It also allows you to pop out of the railway to enjoy the nearby walks and visitor attractions without worry.

Take a look at our map to help you plan your visit. 


ALRESFORD

A beautiful Georgian market town and the home of Hampshire’s watercress industry. 


Grab something to eat or drink from our West Country Buffet selling hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks, open Tuesday-Sunday from February – September and every day the trains are running.

Check out our gift shop in the Old Goods Shed selling stationary, toys, books and more.

View the trains arriving and departing from our lovely South facing picnic area

It is only a two minute walk to the High Street lined with independent shops and pubs

Take a wonderful rural walk and explore the area - the Millennium Trail starts here



ROPLEY

A country station famous for its topiary, once housing only a small goods yard it has now become the engineering hub of the Watercress Line. 

Get up close to some of our locos in the Loco Yard

 

See some restoration in action from our viewing galleries.

 

Walk in Harry Potter’s footsteps over the railway footbridge where he received his Hogwarts Express ticket – the King’s Cross bridge is now here in Ropley!

 

The station building on Platform 2 houses a restored ticket office and a representation of a typical station masters parlour.

 

Our children’s playground and picnic area in the orchard offer fantastic views so children can play while adults can take in the view.

 

There is a gift shop on the platform which also sells refreshments.

 


MEDSTEAD & FOUR MARKS

 

Situated close to the summit of "the Alps", Medstead & Four Marks is the highest station in Southern England.  A typical country station, it is smaller and more peaceful than our other stations and offers a range of local walks.

There is an exhibition in the waiting room illustrating the history and transformation of the station

Step back in time in our restored station building and period booking office

Enjoy stunning views of the railway from the footbridge

Now open – our new Goods Shed exhibition 'Delivering the Goods' all about goods handling on the railway.

There are two lovely walks from Medstead station to Alton through beautiful countryside where you can also see Jane Austen House in Chawton village.

Walk no.2 :Medstead & Four Marks to Alton via Chawton village



ALTON

Alton is the eastern tip of the Watercress Line, where we share the station with South West Trains (who use Platforms 1 & 2). 

Beyond the London end of the station is one of our Wagon Group restoration bases and the Railway’s three steam cranes are also maintained here.

On the platform we have a gift shop selling tickets, snacks and gifts 

The town centre is a short 10 minute walk from the railway station, offering a variety of pubs,restaurants and high street shops.

The Curtis Museum is in the town centre with a large local history collection

The Allen gallery is also in the town centre and houses a ceramics and pottery collection

Jane Austen's House in Chawton village is just a couple of miles away, easily accessible by taxi or take a short walk along the Jane Austen Trail spotting other important Austen locations along the way.

Gilbert Whites House in the village of Selbourne is also within easy reach.

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