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. The Hayling ferry is currently not running; all route sections remain open, but for a through route between Havant and Portsmouth please use the alternative section 11 below.
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 autumn 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 5 MB||2 miles||Bentley||1, 2|
|Section 2: Alice Holt Forest and Cradle Lane Section 5 MB||3 miles||2, 3|
|Section 3: Cradle Lane to Lindford 3 MB||2 miles||4, 5|
|Section 4 - Bordon: not yet open|
|Section 5: Liphook to Liss 5 MB||7 miles||Liphook, Liss||6, 7, 8|
|Section 6: Liss to Petersfield 2 MB||5 miles||Liss, Petersfield||9,10|
|Section 7: Petersfield to Queen Elizabeth Country Park 2 MB||5 miles||Petersfield||11,12|
|Section 8 - QECP to Finchdean 2 MB||5½ miles||13, 14|
|Section 9 - Finchdean to Staunton Country Park 2 MB||3½ miles||Rowlands Caste||14, 15|
|Section 10 - Havant 2 MB||3 miles||Havant|
Section 11 - Hayling Island 2 MB
Section 11 - ALTERNATIVE while ferry is not operating 2 MB
|5½ miles||16, 17, 18|
|Section 12 - Portsmouth 3 MB||5 miles||Portsmouth Harbour||19, 20|