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Green arrow with watercress symbol on white backgroundWatercress Way


43 km / 27 miles
The Watercress Way is a 27 mile circular route through the beautiful Hampshire downlands and Itchen valley north-east of Winchester. At the boundary of the South Downs National Park, the route has a wealth of heritage and wildlife along the 'corridors ' of two abandoned railway lines and ancient livestock droves. The route starts at the Watercress Line steam railway in Alresford. There are many shorter options and links to several other trails: the Itchen Way, Wayfarers Walk, St Swithins Way and the Oxdrove.

Large sections are already open to cyclists and horse riders and the charity behind the Watercress Way aims to gradually open up more of the railway sections. There is a free pdf for existing walkable sections online and linkied below. There are several main 'gateways' to the walk with pubs, B&Bs or hotels at Alresford, Itchen Abbas, Kings Worthy ,Wonston and Sutton Scotney. The website below ( has further details, including comprehensive route descriptions (clockwise and anticlockwise) and contact information.

The GPX files have been updated in August 2020 to reflect some extensions to the route.


Waymark: Green arrow with watercress symbol on white background
Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: Green arrow with watercress symbol on white background
Attributes: Average Gradients
Start and Finish: SU588325 - New Alresford, Hampshire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2017
Web Sites: The Watercress Way Watercress Way [YouTube video]

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External download Route Description (anti-clockwise)  (Watercress Way ) Download
External download Route Description (clockwise)  (Watercress Way ) Download


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 185
OS Landranger Active 185
OS Explorer 32, 144
OS Explorer Active 32, 144

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Watercress Way GPX Exchange Format Route File
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Watercress Way Memory Map Route File
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Watercress Way Tracklogs Route File
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Route Profile:

43.6 km (27.1 miles)
494 m (1,621 ft) ascent
126 m (413 ft)  maximum height

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