How to find us

The Watercress Line is located just off the A31, about seven miles from Winchester

find us map

There are four stations on the line at the following locations

alresford station
Station road SO24 9JG
ropley station
Ropley field SO24 0BL
Ropley Bighton Hill SO24 9SQ
medstead four marks station
Station Approach GU34 5EN
alton station
Station Road GU34 2PZ
stations 1
stations 2

Access by car

We recommend visitors start their journey with us from either Alresford or Alton. A31 to Alresford or Alton stations. Follow the brown tourist signs to the Watercress Line. Parking is available at Alresford and Alton. Information on our accessibility and provision for disabled parking can be found here.

We politely ask that you do not park on the lanes in Bighton as this makes it difficult for people to pass in the narrow lanes.

Parking information and prices

Alresford: 30p per hour, £1.50 for over 4 hours (free Sundays and public holidays holidays). Cash or RingGo app location 42519. This car park is operated by Winchester City Council. There is additional parking at Perins school on levels 2 and 3 during school holidays.

Alton: £9.30 weekdays and £3.50 weekends (pay with card or over the phone). Please be advised spaces may be limited here. This car park is operated by South Western Railway.

Access by Train

We have a mainline link at Alton station, where South Western Railway operate platforms 1 & 2 and the Watercress Line runs from platform 3. Please purchase your Watercress Line tickets on arrival at Alton from our shop on Platform 3.

visit us by bike

Alresford Station lies just off National Cycle Network Route 23 which runs between Reading, Basingstoke, Winchester and Southampton. Alton Station is connected by  Route 224 from Route 23 at Hattingley. Mostly these routes are on quiet country roads. There are bike storage racks at both Alton and Alresford stations. You can take your bike at no charge on all of our trains, subject to capacity. For more information on the cycle route please see the Sustrans site, which also has a map. 

 
You can also bring your bike to Alton using National Rail services, other than during weekday peak hours. Check with South Western Railway https://www.southwesternrailway.com/

visit us by bus

Alton station is a short walk from Alton High Street, which is served by Stagecoach South buses from Basingstoke (No 13, hourly, not Sundays), Haslemere  (No 13 & 23, not Sundays, hourly) and Petersfield (No 38, not Sunday, less than hourly). From Winchester the No 64 (half hourly, hourly on Sundays) runs to Alresford High Street, a short walk from the station, and continues to Alton Station. Stagecoach bus No 65 serves Alton station from Guildford, Farnham & Bentley. Please check all times in advance with Stagecoach South https://www.stagecoachbus.com/about/south