Breamore Old Railway Line: the New Forest railway promenade with an abandoned station


Finding new places to explore is never easy. With so many options to choose from here in Hampshire, you might not know where to go if you’re looking to keep the kids busy this semester.

One place you can visit but might not be high on your list is Breamore in the New Forest. Located near Fordinbridge, the village is small in size and may not be the first place you think of visiting.

However, there are many interesting things in the area. Breamore House, for example, is an Elizabethan mansion on the outskirts of the village which regularly opens tours. The house was used as one of the filming locations for the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice, starring Keira Knightly.

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As well as Breamore House, the village is also home to one of Hampshire’s many abandoned resorts. Breamore station was built for the Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway after it opened in 1866.

It was served by trains between Salisbury in Wiltshire and West Moors in Hampshire, but traffic was scarce and the station finally closed after nearly a century in 1964. Although part of one of the platforms disused forms now houses accommodation, the other platform and station building remains on the site.

Incredibly, you can walk on the old railway line and past the station building, which has been beautifully restored, and the platform if you feel like it. A 2-mile section of disused line running through the station has been turned into a walking path.

From Burgate Cross you can park your car in the Fyern Court Road area after leaving the A338. Once there, head towards Burgate via the Burgate Path walk.

It is clearly signposted with a Hampshire County Council sign across the A338. After finding the sign, go through the gate, cross a small bridge and turn left on a path.

This will then lead you towards Burgate, so keep walking! You will eventually reach the old train station and platform.

From the station building, you can walk along the train route and even sit on a bench on the platform. Leaving the station, you can follow the path under the railway bridge which heads into the woods.

The old Breamore station platform

On the way, you will see many parts related to the history of the route. There are a number of small bridges which once allowed trains to cross the small tributaries of the River Avon.

The Burgate Station Walk is one of many disused railway lines on Hampshire walks that you can get out and explore this week. In East Hampshire, the Liss Riverside Railway Walk follows part of the Disused Longmoor Military Railway line.

Close to Winchester and you can visit the Hockley Viaduct which was part of a rail route that played a vital role in the build-up to D-Day. The path features stunning views and starts in the heart of the city.

The station building
The station building

The Meon Valley Trail, near West Meon, is also an old railway line that is now a popular cycle and walking route that winds through the countryside. The Meon Valley Trail is one of Hampshire’s best-known disused railway lines, following the route of the old railway line which was in use in the 20th century.

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