Shipwrights Way

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The Shipwrights Way in the Alice Holt Forest

Shipwrights Way is a fifty-mile long-distance footpath through Hampshire; one of many creatively named walking routes in that county. The route is so called because it traces in a fanciful way the route which might have been taken by timber felled in the local woods from forest to warship.[1]

The route begins in the Alice Holt Forest in the west of the county, a forest which supplied many of the shipyards of the great age of sail (and which is now in the care of the Forestry Commission). From here it winds its way to Portsmouth.[2] It passes through Bordon, Liphook, Liss, Petersfield, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Staunton Country Park, Havant and even onto Hayling Island en route.