The Watercress Way’s 44 km/27 mile circular trail, NE of Winchester, Hampshire is waymarked for walkers and runners.
It follows parts of two Victorian railway lines closed mid C.20th, linked by historic livestock droves and crosses beautiful rolling chalk downland and parts of the rivers Itchen, Arle and Dever. Both old railways were important in starting the Victorian boom in watercress production, hence the name of the trail.
The route links the market town of Alresford to Kingsworthy, on the outskirts of Winchester, and the village of Sutton Scotney and is almost entirely off-road. All parts of the route are easily runnable although after prolonged periods of wet weather there are short stretches of watermeadow that may flood.