The picturesque Georgian town of Alresford has lots of walks and trails for everyone. Why not take a walk along the watercress beds and fully submerge yourself into the watercress capital.
A favourite with many is the Alresford Millennium and Alre Valley Trail, a self-guided trail about a mile long which links together footpaths around the town, with illustrated boards introducing the history of Alresford, its inhabitants, railway line, wildlife and rural surrounds. Explore a little further and add on the optional loop known as the Alre Valley Trail.
Alresford is also encompasses some other famous walks including:
St Swithuns Way – A 34 mile walk from Winchester to Farnham, St Swithun’s Way follows some of the county’s best countryside paths. it passes through the towns of Alresford and Alton, as well as Chawton, the home of Jane Austen. Find out more here.
Wayfarers Way – A 70 mile long-distance walking route, starting high on the chalk downs at Inkpen to finish at Emsworth Harbour. This walk has been split into six sections, two of which encompass Alresford.
Wayfarers Way Alresford to Droxford – An 11 mile walk, entering via New Alresford and onto the town centre. It then passes through damp meadows to Tichborne and goes across the River Itchen at Cheriton Mill to the pretty village of Cheriton, following a section of the Cheriton Battlefield Walk. Passing around the grounds of Hinton Ampner House and onto Droxford. Find out more here.
Wayfarers Way Drummer to Alresford – A 14 mile walk, from Dummer the Wayfarers Way uses trackways to take you south across Beckett’s Down, passing through Abbotstone village. The walk then moves through Itchen Stoke and onto the watercress beds in Alresford. Find out more here.