This section has been updated to incorporate service changes from 30 October 2011.
The route of the Brenda Parker Way has been created to link up with available public transport along its course, particularly at the section starts and ends. This enables one or more of the linear sections to be completed with public transport used at the beginning and end. Similarly, public transport can be used for some of the other walks, but here it may be more convenient to use the car parking facilities available.
Seven day public transport is available to access the eastern part of the path. This is provided by trains at Aldershot, Fleet, Winchfield and Bramley, and by buses at Tadley.
In the west, there are bus services serving the path at Kingsclere, Highclere, Sidley Bottom and Rag Copse, but not on Sundays or Bank Holidays. Trains can be used seven days a week to access Andover at the western end of the path.
If travelling to the path from outside the local area, Basingstoke provides a good hub, with regular direct train services from London, Hampshire, southwest England, Reading, Oxford, the west midlands and northwest England. Locally, trains connect to Winchfield, Bramley and Andover. Direct buses connect to Hartley Wintney, Winchfield, Sherfield, Bramley, Tadley, Kingsclere, Andover and Newbury. Newbury is also directly accessible by train from London, Reading and southwest England. From Newbury, buses can be caught to Burghclere, Highclere, Crux Easton, Rags Copse and Andover.
Train companies often run to a Saturday timetable on Bank Holidays, but it is essential to confirm this beforehand.
Detailed public transport services are described below for every section start/end as well as for intermediate points that are accessible.
Public transport timetables can change at short notice and rail journeys can be affected by engineering work so it is strongly advised that walkers check and plan their journey times immediately before setting out.
Planning your journey? Just click on the links below for Bus & Train timetables:
For trains (including ticket prices and purchasing):
Both of these sites will give you times (and ticket prices) for all trains in Great Britain. Their information on planned timetable disruptions is limited to their own services. However, live train departure and arrival information is also available via these sites:
For buses and trains:
There is an alternative national site at:
Paying for your journey.
All of the railway stations mentioned have ticket offices and ticket machines which will accept cards as well as cash. If booking online, the South West Trains and First Great Western websites do not charge fees for credit cards, unlike other sites such as Trainline.
All the bus services require you to pay the driver (change is given), unless you
have an English Bus Pass. Return tickets are usually available and are cheaper than
two singles. For bus-
Travel Information on the Move
All of the local railway stations have timetables displayed as well as information screens showing the next train times.
The bus stops generally have timetables, except the remoter ones between Andover
and Newbury. Traveline South West operates a call centre on 0871 2002233 (code 83).
Next bus information can be obtained by texting 84268 with the bus-
Trains generally keep closely to the timetable, and the station information screens will tell you when they are expected. Buses are not so exact, and can run up to 10 minutes behind schedule, so be patient, keep a look out, and signal for the bus to stop.
Detailed Transport Information
More detailed transport information is given section by section, including service numbers, frequencies and stop locations. We endeavour to keep this up to date, but services do change, so it is essential to check timetables before setting out.
There is an hourly direct bus service from Aldershot to Fleet Station (Mondays to
Fridays except Bank Holidays). This is Fleet Buzz route 70, destination Elvetham
Heath. It can be caught from a stop on Grosvenor Road, a short walk to the west of
the bus station. The stop is Old Town Hall (traveline code hamgwpjw). On Saturdays
the 70 is replaced by the 72 which goes hourly to Fleet Station, Hartley Wintney
and Reading. Farnborough (Main) station and Camberley are served from Aldershot bus
station by Goldline 1. This runs every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday and half-
South West Trains run 7 days a week from Aldershot Station. The main route is to
London Waterloo via Woking in one direction and to Farnham and Alton in the other.
Normal frequency is half-
There is one other route at Aldershot station which runs to Guildford in one direction
and Camberley and Ascot in the other. This is also half-
FLEET has good local buses, most of which stop at the railway station. Fleet Buzz route 72 runs to Reading via Fleet town centre and Hartley Wintney in one direction (hourly except Sundays and Bank Holidays). On Saturdays only, it runs to Aldershot in the other direction. There are several routes connecting the station with the town centre (about five per hour except on Sundays and Bank Holidays).
South West Trains run 7 days a week from Fleet station. There is a half-
HARTLEY WINTNEY is served by a bus route, Fleet Buzz route 72, which serves Fleet town centre and Fleet station (plus Aldershot on Saturdays) in one direction and Reading in the other. The frequency is hourly (except Sundays and Bank Holidays). Also, very occasional Stagecoach route 100 buses serve Hook (connecting there with route 10 for Basingstoke) in one direction and Blackwater and Camberley in the other. This only runs Mondays to Fridays (except Bank Holidays). For Fleet, Aldershot (and Blackwater & Camberley), catch buses at Swan Court on the north side of the main A30, just west of the junction with Fleet Road (traveline code hamgtang). For buses to Reading (& Hook), use the Swan Court stop on the south side of the A30 (traveline code hamgtand).
WINCHFIELD Station has regular South West Trains services, half-
SHERFIELD ON LODDON village is less than half a mile south of the route where it crosses the A33 road at Floods Farm. The road verge is safe to use (if somewhat noisy) as far as the Reading Road which leads to the village centre and bus stops. The bus service is Stagecoach route 14 between Basingstoke in one direction and Bramley, Silchester & Tadley in the other. The frequency is hourly in each direction with no buses on Sundays or Bank Holidays. The bus stop for Basingstoke (Traveline code hamgjapt) is beside the White Hart pub. The bus stop for Bramley, Silchester & Tadley is opposite, outside the Post Office (Traveline code hamgjapd). The stops are officially known as Sherfield Post Office.
BRAMLEY has both trains and buses. Bramley station is very close to the start of
the section to Tadley, on the main village street. It has regular First Great Western
There is also a bus service to Silchester & Tadley in one direction and to/from Basingstoke in the other. This is Stagecoach route 14. Services are hourly during the working day Monday to Saturdays only (except Bank Holidays). It runs to South View (Basingstoke) via Sherfield and Basingstoke bus and rail stations. There are bus stops either side of Bramley level crossing. The Traveline codes for the The Bramley Inn stops are hamgdjta ( to Basingstoke) and hamjmata ( to Tadley).
SILCHESTER has recently regained a regular bus service. This is the Stagecoach 14 route, hourly to Tadley in one direction (Stagecoach 14) and to Bramley, Sherfield and Basingstoke in the other, Mondays to Saturdays only (not Bank Holidays). The stop is outside The Calleva Arms and the Traveline codes are hamgamja for Tadley and hamgamgt for Bramley and Basingstoke.
TADLEY is very well served by Stagecoach’s Jazz 2 buses. These run from southeast Basingstoke via the bus and train stations and the A340 (destination Baughurst). Buses run every 20 minutes both ways during the working day Monday to Saturday, and every hour during the day on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
The most convenient bus stop in Tadley is Fairlawn Road on the A340 at Tadley Hill (Traveline code hamdwgwm).
If you want to return to Bramley or Sherfield, Stagecoach route 14 runs hourly, Monday to Saturday only (not Bank Holidays) from the New Inn. This is in Rowan Road about ½ mile north at GR 604 615. (Traveline code hamdwgmj)
There are no convenient services to rescue you midway to Kingsclere!
KINGSCLERE has a generally hourly bus service (both ways Monday to Saturday) which connects Newbury bus station with Basingstoke train and bus stations via the A339. It is a Stagecoach route marketed as The Link (no route number!). There is no Sunday or Bank Holiday service.
The most convenient bus stop in Kingsclere is The Square (Traveline code hamdmjwd for Basingstoke and hamdmjwa for Newbury). This is on George Street near its junction with Swan Street.
BURGHCLERE is now served by Stagecoach routes 21/22/23/24 from Newbury bus and train
stations. The exact routes vary, but luckily, all come together at Burghclere. There
are seven buses per day, Monday to Saturday only (except Bank Holidays), but the
last bus to Newbury is in mid-
HIGHCLERE is served by Stagecoach route 7 connecting with Andover and Newbury bus
stations except on Sundays and Bank Holidays. This runs roughly two-
CRUX EASTON is also served by Stagecoach route 7 connecting with Andover and Newbury
bus stations except on Sundays and Bank Holidays. This runs roughly two-
Those completing the section to Sidley Bottom and wishing to catch the bus from Crux Easton could leave the Brenda Parker Way at GR 402 570 and follow the road up into Ashmansworth. In the village, take the second road on the right, Cross Lane, and follow this to its junction with the A343. An alternative but longer route would be to take the footpath north and up from the kennels at Sidley Bottom to join the road through Ashmansworth and then follow the first right along Cross Lane to the A343.
To start the next section from Sidley Bottom, walkers could leave the bus at Crux Easton and retrace the route above. Alternatively, to rejoin the route near Lye Farm, take the footpath along the track on the south side of the A343 as far as the minor road. Turn right here and then right again after Field House along the footpath to meet a road opposite the Crux Easton wind engine (for more information on this click here) and cross this road to follow the track to a junction of bridleways. Turn right here as far as where the bridleway veers left towards Sladen Green, here join a footpath continuing along the ridge to meet the Brenda Parker Way amongst trees at GR 413 552 just north of Lye Farm.
SIDLEY BOTTOM no longer has bus stops at this point, walkers using public transport are advised to connect with the bus stops at Crux Easton (see above). Although the bus stops were in use when the route was devised in 2010, in 2012 the bus company, with the agreement of Hampshire County Council, has withdrawn them for safety reasons.
ST MARY BOURNE has a dial-
RAG COPSE is served by Stagecoach route 7 connecting with Andover and Newbury bus
stations except on Sundays and Bank Holidays. This runs roughly two-
HATHERDEN has an infrequent dial-
PENTON MEWSEY has a dial-
ANDOVER outskirts. Escape by bus is possible from the route at Penton Corner on the edge of Andover. After Penton Mewsey, walk down Harroway Lane all the way to the A342, about 300 yards beyond the point where the path turns off. Turn left along the main road to the bus stop. Service Activ8 runs three times per hour to Andover railway and bus stations. Sunday and Bank Holiday services run every three hours. The Traveline code is hamamatp. There are also regular buses (not Sundays or Bank Holidays) at Andover Hospital on Charlton Road south of the route at GR 354 463 (code hamamwjt).
ANDOVER is served by Stagecoach route 7 from Newbury which also connects with the
Brenda Parker Way at Highclere, Crux Easton and Rag Copse. This bus runs roughly
Andover is well served by rail (South West Trains), including on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The normal service is twice an hour (once an hour on Sundays) to Basingstoke, Woking and London Waterloo in an easterly direction and twice an hour (once an hour on Sundays) to Salisbury in the westerly direction. Hourly trains (seven days a week) go on to Yeovil and Exeter, and of those, three trains a day (two on Sundays) split at Salisbury for Bath and Bristol.
Andover Railway Station is not in the town centre, but is about 0.75 mile north-