New Forest & Mid Hants Railway
Let off steam and travel by one of the lovingly restored trains through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside on the Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'. It's the perfect way to unwind and witness the sights, sounds, smells and magic of travel from a bygone age.
The New Forest, once a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror, covers an area of 566 square kilometres and is made up of vast tracts of unspoilt woodland, heathland and river valleys. Lyndhurst, Burley, Barton on Sea, New Milton, Milford on Sea and Lymington are all visited on our circular tour.
Your hotel for this tour is based in the heart of the city of Winchester, just a few minutes walk from the stunning medieval Cathedral.
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 - To Winchester and your centrally located hotel for the next three nights with breakfast and dinner included.
Days 2-3 - At leisure with 2 included excursions
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 takes approximately 40 minutes. 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. Free time in Winchester in the afternoon.
Tour of the New Forest
Highlights of your circular route today will be Lyndhurst - Burley - Barton on Sea - New Milton - Milford on Sea - Lymington. Today a yachting mecca (and ferry port for the Isle of Wight), Lymington is an attractive coastal 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.
Day 4 - Setting off this morning heading to Benson on the River Thames. The Waterfront Café is perched on the banks of the River. The idyllic setting makes it a perfect place to watch the boats coming and going from their glass walled veranda. Onward to interchange in the afternoon.
Winchester Royal Hotel - 4 star.
This former Bishop's residence is perfectly place in the heart of the city centre 85 delightfully decorated rooms with TV & tea/coffee making, Stunning walled garden, Garden Restaurant & lounge bar. No lift here but some ground floor rooms