Up For A Challenge - The Directory Group

Up for a challenge?

By Poppy Baker

Up for a challenge this summer?

The Shipwrights Way is a 50-mile trail running all the way from Alice Holt Forest to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The name of the route reflects the use of oak grown at Alice Holt Forest for Tudor shipbuilding, linking this site with the dockyard, home of the Mary Rose and HMS Victory.

This month, the entire length of it officially opens for the first time… Are you feeling up to it?

The 50-mile route passes through Bordon, Liphook, Liss, Petersfield, Havant and Hayling Island and continues to Portsmouth via ferry. This summer why don’t you set yourself a challenge? Walk, run, cycle… whatever you fancy, just give it a go.

The trail winds its way through some of the many beautiful places in Hampshire, including the villages of Sheet and Buriton, as well as the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Country Park and Staunton Country Park.

What makes the route even more enticing is the large number of charming English pubs along the way, including The Deer’s Hut Public House in Liphook and The Queens Head in Sheet, both beautiful pubs in lovely settings. Break up the trail by stopping off at one of these for a bite to eat or maybe a drink or two.

The trail is dotted with 20 stone sculptures along the way, each one beautifully carved to represent the wildlife or history at each place. All were carved by artist Richard Perry out of creamy Portland stone.

Find maps/guides online to each section of the route at www3.hants.gov.uk/shipwrightsway/shipwrightsway-route

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley