Annual Sponsored Walk on Saturday 12th November 2016
Dust off your walking boots and hit the permanent way
Once a year you can experience the railway from a completely different view by walking along the trackbed of the ‘Watercress Line’. From track level you get to fully appreciate the gradients our locomotives and footplate crews have to tackle to haul trains along our 10 mile line and 'over the Alps' at its highest point in Medstead.
There are 3 lengths of walk you can choose from and a free vintage bus service will run you around so that you end up in the right place at the end of the walk.
The 3 mile Family Stroll starts with a free vintage bus ride from Alresford station to Ropley, from where you walk the 3 miles back to Alresford.
The 6 mile Downhill is from Medstead and Four Marks station to Alresford. Our Firemen tell us that walking downhill is much easier than shovelling uphill!
For the more adventurous, challenge yourself by walking the full 10 miles from Alton station and ‘over the Alps’ to Alresford.
There is no need to notify us in advance, just turn up on the day. All 3 walks start between 10am and 11am - don’t fret, trains will not be running!
Help us to continue to preserve an important piece of Hampshire’s railway heritage by raising funds for the Mid Hants Railway Preservation Society's project to restore its own locomotive, British Railways Standard Class 4 No. 75079. She's a local engine and in much need of funds to help return her to steam here in Hampshire, with an estimated £200,000.00 required to complete the project.
So, put one foot after the other and please help us raise some cash!
Parking at Alton in the South West Trains car park is £3 on Saturdays.