Take the train for long winter walk

Daily Echo: Mottisfont and Dunbridge Station. Mottisfont and Dunbridge Station.

TWO winter walks in the Hampshire and Wiltshire countryside are being staged to encourage people to use train services.

Both walks over the festive period have been organised by the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership which promotes train services in the Romsey, Salisbury and Southampton areas. Both of the guided walks start from Dean Station in Wiltshire and finish at Mottisfont & Dunbridge Station in the mid-Test Valley.

The first walk on Saturday December 28 begins at 11.15am and will take in footpaths in the West Dean, Frenchmoor, East Tytherley and Mottisfont areas.

The second of the seven mile walks is on Monday, December 30, at 11.15am. This one includes West Dean and Dean Hill, Gambledown at Sherfield English, Carter’s Clay in Lockerley and Dunbridge.

Walk leaders will be Gordon and Cathie Wood who are volunteers at Mottisfont & Dunbridge Station. Gordon said that anyone planning to join them should wear suitable footwear and clothing.

“We recommend people bring a snack and warm drink. Each walk should take approximately four hours. Dogs are welcome but they should be kept on a lead. These walks are not suitable for people with wheelchairs and pushchairs,” said Gordon.

There are regular trains to both Dean and Mottisfont & Dunbridge Station and the service is provided by South West Trains. Check details on Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership’s website or South West Trains.

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