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Shipwrights Way

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Cartoon map of Shipwrights Way route

Shipwrights Way is a new long distance route which links villages and towns in east Hampshire through some beautiful countryside. The name reflects the use of oak grown at Alice Holt Forest for Tudor shipbuilding, linking this site with Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of the Mary Rose and HMS Victory.

Starting from Alice Holt Forest, the route passes through Bordon, Liphook, Liss, Petersfield, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Staunton Country Park, Havant, Hayling Island and continues to Portsmouth via the ferry, finishing at the Historic Dockyard - around 50 miles in all, and including seven rail stations.

There are also twenty stone sculptures along the way, beautifully carved to show the history or wildlife of each place - see if you can spot them all!

As much as possible, the route is off-road, using rights of way and permissive paths. Nearly all of the route is now open - approximately 47 of the 50 miles. With the help of the MoD we are aiming to open the final section - section 4, between Bordon and Liphook  – by spring 2015. Sections 1-3 provide 7 miles of route north of Bordon and Sections 5-12 provide an unbroken 40-mile section from Liphook southwards.

Please use the guides to each section: each has a detailed map and information on what you can see and what to expect in terms of surface and gradients. The route is signed, and can be walked or ridden in either direction. It is open to walkers and cyclists throughout, and forms part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network route 22 linking London to Portsmouth. Parts of the route can be used by horse riders and people with disabilities.

Section length (approx.) Rail Stations Sculptures
Section 1: Bentley Station to Alice Holt Forest  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 5MB 2 miles Bentley 1, 2
Section 2: Alice Holt Forest and Cradle Lane Section  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 5MB 3 miles   2, 3
Section 3: Cradle Lane to Lindford  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 3MB 2 miles   4, 5
Section 4 - Bordon: not yet open      
Section 5: Liphook to Liss  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 5MB 7 miles Liphook, Liss 6, 7, 8
Section 6: Liss to Petersfield  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 2MB 5 miles Liss, Petersfield 9,10
Section 7: Petersfield to Queen Elizabeth Country Park  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 2MB 5 miles Petersfield 11,12
Section 8 - QECP to Finchdean  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 2MB 5½ miles   13, 14
Section 9 - Finchdean to Staunton Country Park  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 2MB 3½ miles Rowlands Caste 14, 15
Section 10 - Havant  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 2MB 3 miles Havant  
Section 11 - Hayling Island  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 2MB 5½ miles   16, 17, 18
Section 12 - Portsmouth  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 3MB 5  miles Portsmouth Harbour 19, 20
 

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