6th-14th April 2024

Over 20 varied walks led by experts
keen to showcase their local area

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Leave only actual not carbon footprints this April when you join the new Rail to Trail Walking Festival! Funded by SWR and organised by the Hampshire, Isle of Wight and New Forest Community Rail Partnerships,  the first Rail to Trail Walking Festival will take place from 6-14 April 2024. The festival will sustainably connect the railways of our area to led walks around the beautiful, surrounding countryside. The programme comprises more than 20 varied walks, ranging from 2-10 miles, all led by experts keen to showcase their local area to you.  

Community Rail Line Officers Lucy Lomax and Bobby Lock, said that they hope “the festival will help demonstrate how easy it is to enjoy a good walk while leaving the car at home, something that is becoming increasingly important for the future health of our planet”. 

  • All
  • Guildford to Alton Line
  • Guildford to Portsmouth Line
  • Isle of Wight Stations
  • New Forest Stations

View over Sandown Bay

Culver Down Circuit

A beautiful coastal walk with sublime views over Sandown Bay.

A New Forest Stroll

This is a beautiful, short, circular walk to the south of Ashurst station, through heathland and woodland. Ponies are a given and deer a possibility. 

Back To Nature

Come and explore inland from Sandown on this beautiful walk in the direction of Alverstone. 

Beautiful Bentley

This walk is a delightful circuit of Bentley village and points west before crossing into Binsted parish and sampling the unique Hanger landscape.

Allen Gallery Garden

Fine Walk & Fine Art

A short, gentle walk from Alton Station, taking in King’s Pond and the historic central sites of the Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery. The walk will end at the Allen Gallery cafe, where tea, coffee and cake will be available to purchase and – weather permitting – can be enjoyed in the beautiful, secluded garden.

Brading marsh

A Marsh Meander

This beautiful walk to Bembridge on the coast, through the Brading Marshes Nature Reserve surrounding the River Yar, has options to suit all walkers.

Shanklin Down

Island Trig Bagging

Starting from Shanklin station, this intermediate walk takes you to the summit of Shanklin Down, offering, perhaps, the widest view of any summit on the Island.

Bembridge windmill

Brading to Ryde

This linear walk starts in the ancient town of Brading once a sea port and site of a Roman settlement.


Enjoy The Ryde

The walk starts from outside Ryde Esplanade train station and heads east along the seafront.

Red Squirrel Trail

Red Squirrel Trail

This is a walk along part of the Red Squirrel Trail between Shanklin and Wroxall.

foraging basket

A Beginner’s Foraging Walk

Would you like to learn a little more about foraging, to have the confidence to go beyond autumnal blackberry picking in the hedgerows?


Go Walkabout in Godalming

A circular route from Godalming station, experiencing the beautiful countryside in Godalming, the special wildlife and heritage of the area.

Shoulder of Mutton

Hanging About In The Hangers

The walk between Petersfield and Liss through the Hangers transports you to another world. It is here that the tall beech forests and yew cling to life on incredibly steep, chalk hillsides.

Rowlands Castle

Murder, Mystery & History in Rowlands Castle

This walk is an opportunity to walk around the pretty and historic village of Rowlands Castle on a gentle stroll lasting about an hour.


Petersfield Perambulation

Join us for a walk around the lovely and historic market town of Petersfield.

St Huberts church Idsworth

The Church In The Field

This is a circular walk to the very special ‘church in the field’ which can be viewed from the train between Petersfield and Rowlands Castle.

Linchmere Common

The Common Touch

A walk that crosses three commons between Liphook and Haslemere.

The Harrow

The Poet & A Pint

If you visit Petersfield just the once you must do this classic loop, which takes in the Poet’s Stone and the famous Harrow Inn.

Devils Punchbowl

Walk In The Devil’s Footsteps

A walk to the stunning Devil’s Punch Bowl.

Alice Holt Forest

An Accessible Family Nature Walk Through Alice Holt Forest

An accessible, guided walk through Alice Holt Forest.

Frensham Pond

Rail Bus Ramble: Frensham to Bourne

Why not spend the day discovering how public transport links together to help you explore the beauty of the Surrey Hills.

Binsted Church

The Full Monty

This walk takes in some of the most attractive parts of the large parish of Binsted.

Holybourne Church

Walk This Wey

A short circular walk along the River Wey and St Swithun`s Way.

New Forest common land

Ashurst To Beaulieu Road

This is a linear walk from Ashurst in the New Forest walking towards Beaulieu Road Station.


Walking In The Footsteps of Kings

This is a fully accessible stroll through beautiful Churchplace Inclosure in the New Forest.

Oak Tree Tours

Secret New Forest Walk & Talk

Join this walk and talk with Katie from Oak Tree Tours and New Forest author Martin Brisland.

Oak Tree Tours

Secret New Forest Walk & Talk – 2

Join this walk and talk with Katie from Oak Tree Tours and New Forest author Martin Brisland.

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