After spending the morning at the coach we headed out to an old stomping ground of Tony's the village Alresford which is in fact two villages Old and New Alresford.
Alresford (pronounced Allsford) is a beautiful Georgian Town which for many centuries was a prosperous wool town. Old Alresford is mentioned in the Doomsday Book but the present town of New Alresford did not come into existence much before 1200 at the time when the Great Weir was being built to create Old Alresford Pond as a reservoir for the tanning and woollen mills along the Itchen River.
Today the town is called the watercress capital of the UK as watercress farming is the main farming industry in the area. It is also home of the Watercress Line steam railway a tourist railway which travels between Alresford and Alton ten miles away.
To explore the town and the surrounding countryside we started our walk at the station of the Watercress Line Railway. The railway came to Alresford in 1865 and greatly assisted the then developing watercress industry as it allowed access to markets in London and beyond.
We then enjoyed our walk through the very quaint Georgian streets and then along the Arle River into the countryside and the many watercress farms before returning to Alresford and a quick coffee for Tony before heading back to the coach.