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Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

Winchester

Type:Steam Railway

The Railway Station, Station Road, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JG

Tel: +44 (0)1962 733 810

Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

About

Let the train take the strain as you sit back, relax and travel through the heart of the English countryside. Whether you are taking a trip down memory lane or creating new ones, it’s the perfect way to unwind and experience the nostalgic sights, sounds and smells of steam travel from a bygone age.

Fares give you all day unlimited travel, so you can enjoy the slower pace of life as you explore each of the four period stations along the ten mile route, see behind the scenes in the engineering workshops and visit the nearby towns all on one ticket.

Running along the edge of the South Downs National Park in Hampshire, you can join the Watercress Line at New Alresford: located just 7 miles from the ancient city of Winchester. Alresford has a charming Georgian town centre with independent shops, a picturesque river walk with medieval Fulling Mill, and National Trust property Hinton Ampner is just a couple of miles away.

At the peaceful country station of Medstead and Four Marks, the highest station in Southern England, you can relax and watch the world go by. The steep gradient of the line to this station means the Watercress Line needs a fleet of large, powerful steam locomotives capable of hauling heavy trains ‘over the Alps’; a spectacular sight and sound at any time of year!

At the Alton end of the line you can also join the railway by mainline train, just an hour from London Waterloo. This bustling market town has a delightful mix of historic buildings and modern shops, with its own Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery and links to Jane Austen’s House Museum in nearby Chawton.

Throughout the year there are special events including a Day Out With Thomas, War on the Line and Steam Galas. There are popular pre-booked real ale and fine dining trains and pre-booked groups of 15 or more can enjoy a discounted journey with lunch or an afternoon cream tea on board.

Why not drive the train and join the Watercress Line crew on the footplate and enjoy the sights, sounds, smell and heat of a steam engine through the beautiful Hampshire Countryside

TV and Films that The Watercress Line has been featured in:

"On Chesil Beach" - a major feature film

"Churchill, The Final Journey" for BBC1

"Classic Mary Berry" for BBC1

"The Wrong Mans" with James Corden

"Collectaholics" for BBC2

"Tasty Travels with Linda Bellingham"

"BBC Countryfile"

"Great British Railway Journeys"

"Children of Men"

"Endeavour" ITV 2017

"Electric Dreams" ITV 2017

and many historical documentaries.

Events

Saturday, 1st December 2018 - Sunday, 2nd December 2018

Saturday, 8th December 2018 - Sunday, 9th December 2018

Saturday, 15th December 2018 - Sunday, 16th December 2018

Wednesday, 19th December 2018 - Monday, 24th December 2018

Santa Specials at The Watercress LineSanta Specials at The Watercress Line
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Wednesday, 26th December 2018 - Thursday, 27th December 2018

Christmas Leave on the Watercress LineThis Christmas, the Watercress Line invite you to join civilian and military re-enactors and experience the atmosphere of a WWII Christmas on the railway. Whether this is a trip down memory lane, or a chance to make new memories, it is the perfect place to bring your family and guests after...
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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Facility for service dogs
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Wheelchair user accessible

Catering

  • Cafe
  • Catering for groups
  • Catering Provided
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Picnic area
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments Available
  • Restaurant
  • Vegetarians catered for

Children & Infants

  • Babes in Arms
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Outdoor children’s play area

Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction
  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs admitted on a lead
  • Dogs admitted on a lead
  • Dogs welcome
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours by arrangement
  • Licensed for alcohol
  • Marquee Space Available
  • Meeting rooms
  • Open New Year
  • Open on bank holidays

Leisure Facilities

  • Themed Nights

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking
  • Off-road parking
  • Parking (charge)
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • Delta
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Countryside Setting
  • In countryside
  • Smoking Some Areas
  • Some no smoking areas
  • Village Location

Specialist Features

  • Cyclists welcome
  • Educational Groups
  • Family Fun - Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

M3 Junction 9 or 10, then A31 to Alresford or Alton stations. Follow the brown tourist signs to the Watercress Line.

Public Transport Directions

No. 64 bus from Winchester bus station. Trains from London Waterloo to Alton station with South West Trains. At Alton Station the Watercress Line is on platform 3 over the footbridge. Stagecoach operate regular public bus service to Alresford and Alton.

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

Open on selected days during this period (13 Feb 2018 - 1 Nov 2018)

* Please visit www.watercressline.co.uk for exact opening times.

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