Annual Sponsored Walk on Saturday 9th November 2019
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 all ending in Alresford. We encourage people to start at Alresford as the car parking will be easier. From Alresford there will be 3 free vintage buses that start at 9am. You will be driven to your start point which will depend on your chosen length of walk:
- The 3 mile Family Stroll starts with a free vintage bus ride from Alresford station to Ropley, from there 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! The bus will drop you at Medstead & Four Marks Station and off you go back to Alresford.
- For the more adventurous, challenge yourself by walking the full 10 miles from Alton station and ‘over the Alps’ to Alresford. Take the bus all the way to Alton and walk the entire line.
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!
All walkers that are 16 years and older are expected to have raised a minimum of £10 sponsorship, or be willing to make a donation of at least £10.
Walkers under 16 are encouraged to raise sponsorship but this is not expected; they must be accompanied on the walk by a person 16 years or older.
If sponsorship has been done on-line then no print out is necessary - we will have a record of your name so just let the station you start at know who you are. Alternatively you can collect a paper copy of a sponsorship form at any of the stations if you need to do this on the day.
What your sponsorship will help us with:
Help us to continue to preserve an important piece of Hampshire’s railway heritage by raising funds to re-ballast a section of 1000 yards of track at Wanders Curve between Medstead & Four Marks and Ropley. Whilst this may not appear to be a very "glamorous" appeal, ballast performs several important functions - it forms the track bed to support the track, facilitates the drainage of water, holds the track in place preventing lateral movement and helps to suppress vegetation - it is essential for maintaining the trackbed that you will be walking along.
Parking at Alton in the SWR car park is £2 on Saturdays.
Dogs welcome, please keep them on a lead. We even issue them with their own certificate at the end of the walk!