2022 New Forest & The Watercress Line
Let off steam and travel by one of the lovingly restored trains through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside. It's the perfect way to unwind and witness the sights, sounds and magic of travel from a bygone age. Enjoy a full day out in the New Forest, home to some of South East England’s most picturesque countryside and villages, each with its own charm and appeal.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 After joining your holiday coach, head south to arrive at your hotel for the next 3 nights with breakfast and dinner included.
Days 2 - 3 At leisure with two included excursions and some free time in Winchester
Mid Hants Railway - Watercress Line
Whatever the time of year, there is always much to see and do at the Watercress Line. Travelling the 10 mile line from one end to the other (between Alton and Alresford) takes approximately 40 minutes. Your unlimited travel ticket allows you to explore the lovely old stations along the line with a restored ticket office, carriage workshop, engineering sheds and more. Please note that the line operates mostly steam but also some heritage diesel engines. Your driver will take you to Alresford to join the 11.00 train and he will advise your pick up time at Alresford station to give you the maximum use of your day pass. Spend some leisure time in the historic city of Winchester before returning to the hotel later
Tour of the New Forest
From beautiful scenery to free roaming animals, fascinating history to scenic coastline, there's something for everyone in the New Forest National Park. Highlights of your circular route today will be Lyndhurst - Burley - Barton on Sea - New Milton - Milford on Sea - Lymington. Lyndhurst is the largest village in the New Forest and became the natural 'capital' of the area when William the Conqueror established his hunting grounds here. For centuries, Lyndhurst was the haunt of royalty, nobility and commoner alike. The New Forest Centre is located here which is home to the New Forest Museum which gives a unique insight into the Forest's history and heritage. Lymington is a yachting mecca (and ferry port for the Isle of Wight) and an attractive Georgian market town with a colourful past. The town's wealth was built on the three Ss of salt making, smuggling and shipbuilding, brought to life at the recently refurbished St Barbe Museum. At the bottom of the High Street, a cobbled road leads down to the Old Town Quay, which is still used by a number of commercial fishing boats.
Day 4 Set off this morning and head to Benson on the River Thames. The Waterfront Café is perched on the banks of the River and is an idyllic setting to watch the boats coming and going. Onward to interchange in the afternoon.
Norton Park Hotel & Spa
Set amid 54 acres of peaceful parkland in glorious Hampshire countryside just north of Winchester, this 4* contemporary hotel is focused around an elegant 17th century manor house with original oak panelling and timber beams. The main part of the hotel is a modern wing where there is an upscale restaurant and a casual bar and lounge. Sleek, stylish guestrooms are located in two accommodation wings and feature all mod cons including flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Covered walkways connect the three parts of the hotel and there is a lift in the main part of the hotel. The health club and spa has an indoor pool with a vaulted glass ceiling, steam room, sauna and gym.