Alresford to The Grange at Northington


A circular walk from Alresford to the Greek Revival Grange at Northington. Designed by William Wilkins, architect of The National Gallery the imposing Doric columns support the Parthenon Patio which overlooks a tranquil lake. Return past the watercress beds which make the pretty town of Alresford famous.


15.8km (151m)
Moderate (4 hours)
Average time
4 hours
Moderate & charges may apply
Route Advice

  • Dog friendly
  • Parking
  • Cafe
  • Pub
  • Multiple pubs
  • Shop
  • Village
  • River walk
  • Forest/woodland
  • Church/cathedral
  • Wildlife spotting
  • Historic site
  • Farmland
Charity duck feeding table along the River Arle
  • Starting AddressNew Alresford Station Car Park, Alresford, UK
Town car park at the Watercress Line Station

Did you know

Alresford is home to an annual festival of all things watercress. The superfood grows in abundance around the town in the crystal clear chalk river Arle and there are large farms you will see near the end of the walk.

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There is a heritage steam railway that serves Alresford - The Watercress Line. Established as the Mid-Hants Line in 1865 the line today runs many events such as a Day Out with Thomas or 1940s and 1950s weekends.

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The Watercress Way is a 27 mile waymarked circular route which links Alresford to Sutton Scotney. The trail uses old railways with historic livestock droves, passing through beautiful rolling chalk Hampshire downland and along the sparkling world renowned Rivers Itchen, Arle and Dever.

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The fulling mill on the River Arle
The grounds at The Grange

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Rolling farmland, crystal clear river and a pretty Hampshire town complete with thatch cottages and chocolate box views.


Once away from the bustling high street this walk is very quiet and peaceful.


Easy going well made paths. Some quiet lanes. Can be muddy in winter by the river.


Enjoy time feeding the ducks on the river and rest a while in the grounds of The Grange at Northington. See the vast watercress beds which produce salad for export and national use. There are many independent shops, restaurants and pubs in the town itself. Visit the historic steam railway - the Watercress Line.

19th Century Eel House
Town Museum

The fuel stop

  • Fuel Type Cafe
  • Location on Route At the start
  • Address 52 West Street, Alresford, UK
Caracoli's counter
There is a large tea garden at the rear of No 32