The Shipwrights Way is a new 50-mile long distance path for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders, linking the towns and villages of East Hampshire to the beautiful countryside on their doorstep.  It runs from Alice Holt Forest southwards over the South Downs and all the way to the sea, finishing at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Who is involved?

The project is a partnership between East Hampshire District Council, Hampshire County Council, South Downs National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission. Funding for this section has come from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, the MoD and developer contributions.

The route

This route is the only off-road access for cyclists and horse-riders leading south from Whitehill & Bordon into the South Downs National Park.  It is hoped that local people will use the Shipwrights Way to explore and enjoy the countryside and that rural pubs, shops and tourism businesses will benefit.

Section length Rail stations
Section 1: Bentley Station to Alice Holt Forest (pdf 5 mb) 2 miles Bentley
Section 2: Alice Holt Forest and Cradle Lane Section (pdf 2 mb) 3 miles  
Section 3: Cradle Lane to Lindford (pdf 2 mb)*
2 miles  
Section 4: Bordon to Liss (pdf 4 mb)* 7.5 miles Liss
Section 5: Liphook to Liss (pdf 5 mb) 7 miles Liphook, Liss
Section 6: Liss to Petersfield (pdf 2 mb) 5 miles Liss, Petersfield
Section 7: Petersfield to Queen Elizabeth Country Park (pdf 2 mb) 5 miles Petersfield
Section 8: QECP to Finchdean (pdf 2 mb) 5½ miles  
Section 9: Finchdean to Staunton Country Park (pdf 4 mb) 3½ miles Rowlands Caste
Section 10: Havant (pdf 3 mb) 3 miles Havant
Section 11: Hayling Island (pdf 2 mb) 5½ miles  
Section 12: Portsmouth (pdf 3 mb) 5  miles Portsmouth

*Sections 3 and 4 are in Whitehill and Bordon.

To find out more and a map of the new route, go to Shipwrights way (external link) website.