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Take a visit to Alresford

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Alresford is a beautiful market town sitting within the stunning Hampshire countryside in the Winchester district and just over seven miles from the Winchester city centre. Take a walk through this Georgian town and be delighted by the quaint colour-washed houses, riverside walks and local, independent shops.

Fulling Mill, Alresford

Fulling Mill, Alresford

Begin your visit to Alresford by exploring the glorious countryside on the Alresford Millennium Walk. Immerse yourself in luscious green surroundings and a rich wildlife population as you walk along the River Alres. For a longer walk why not try St Swithuns Way passing through Alresford, or the Wayfarers Way starting from Alresford and continuing to Droxford. Find more routes here.

A duck swimming in the river in Alresford

Take a walk through the streets of Alresford and you’ll be sure to find hidden treasures around every corner. Brimming with local, independent shops there is something for everyone. Stop in Ragamuffin for traditional and contemporary style outfits for your little ones, send that special someone the perfect bunch of flowers from Wildbunch florists, or treat yourself to a moment of relaxation with a visit to Alresford Beauty. With so many local fashion boutiques to choose from you’re bound to find something new for your wardrobe.

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After browsing the fantastic offering from the independent shops in the town be sure to treat yourself to a stop in one of Alresford’s delightful tearooms. Make your way to Long Barn and enjoy your favourite hot drink surrounded by the calming scent of lavender.

A visit to Alresford wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Mid Hants Railway – Watercress Line. Let off steam and travel by one of their lovingly restored Steam trains through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside.

Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'If you are looking to stay in Alresford book your room at the Swan Hotel. Once the principal coaching inn of the town, this 18th century hotel is the perfect place to begin your adventure in Winchester.

Alresford is maybe best known as the watercress capital of England. Historically grown in the chalk streams and ditches in and around Alresford, watercress has been picked and enjoyed by locals for centuries. Alresford’s annual Watercress Festival celebrates the town’s local leaf with a day of entertainment for the whole family. Be sure to sample some during your visit.

Alresford comes to life each year, when restrictions allow, for the Alresford Music Festival – a chilled out, family friendly, summer festival. This much loved event offers a mix of music styles, food & drink and activities for the whole family. There is so much to see, do, eat, drink and dance to – this is not one to miss.

Alresford

Alresford is less than 20 minutes from Winchester city centre by car, with bus routes taking you right to the market town. Why not grab your bike and helmet and take a leisurely ride to Alresford along some of the district’s country roads.

Find out more about what is going on in Alresford here.