SUPPORTERS of the Mid Hants Railway Preservation Society are expected to turn out in force on Saturday for the annual Walk the Line event.
For those relishing the challenge, Alton railway station will provide the starting point for the 10-mile trek ‘Over the Alps’ to Medstead and Four Marks – itself the start of the six-mile ‘Downhill’ stretch, via Ropley, which is the starting point for the three-mile ‘Stroll’ to Alresford.
Stout walking shoes or boots are recommended, with walkers starting between 10am and 11am from whichever station they choose.
First aid facilities and toilets will be available at all stations, with free tea, coffee and soft drinks available at the intermediate stations, and a full range of refreshments on sale at Alresford.
Walkers arriving after 3.30pm at Ropley will not be allowed to continue walking the line.
There is nowhere to park at Ropley, so walkers should go to Alresford and take the bus. There will be limited on-street parking available at Medstead and Four Marks on the Medstead side of the line, and pay and display provision at Alton and Alresford.
A free vintage bus service will ferry walkers back from Alresford to Alton and all stations in between.
In its 15th year, the event will raise money for the restoration of the Mid Hants Railway Preservation Society locomotive British Railways Standard Class 4 No. 75079. She is a local engine and in much need of funds to help return her to steam, with an estimated £200,000 required to complete the project.
For sponsorship forms, visit watercressline.co.uk or just turn up on the day and walk for a donation.