Where is it? From Alresford to Alton.
What is it? One of the UK’s most famous heritage railways, the Watercress Line gets its name from the fact it was used to transport bushels of leafy greens from their growing beds in Hampshire up to London markets. Today a fleet of steam locomotives chuff the ten miles between Alresford and Alton. All aboard!
Why go? You don’t have to be a train buff to fall for this beautifully preserved piece of history. The carriages and stations have been restored to their original 1940s glory, and the countryside you travel through is some of Hampshire’s loveliest. And the food at the Alresford station buffet – organic and locally sourced – is a real treat.