More than 950 walkers, including children and dogs, from across Hampshire dusted off their walking boots recently to raise over £14,750 to preserve an important part of the Watercress Line at the heritage railway’s annual sponsored Walk The Line.
Families took part in either a three, six or ten mile walk, each offering them the opportunity to experience the railway from a completely different view and enjoy a peaceful stroll in the heart of quintessential English countryside.
David Brace, Walk the Line organiser, said: “Walk The Line is a fantastic opportunity for all the family to see the Watercress Line from a different view and play an important part in securing its future.
“On behalf of all of the staff and volunteers at the Watercress Line, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s annual walk. The money raised will go a long way to keeping Hampshire’s heritage railway on track.”
The funds raised from the sponsored walk will be used to re-ballast a section of 1000 yards of track at Wanders Curve between Medstead and Four Marks and Ropley and maintain the trackbed.