Step 1: Welcome to Shawford! This is Section 2 of the Itchen Navigation which runs between Winchester and Southampton. This route ends at Eastleigh.
Step 2: Marco’s is a wonderful café at Shawford, which was lovingly restored after 40 years by Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership.
Step 3: The Itchen Navigation is well sign-posted. As it follows the route of a waterway, the trail is mainly flat and level, however there are some locations with stiles, gates or gradients. Additionally, the route can get muddy and wet.
Step 4: Be sure you've packed plenty of water and snacks, and you're wearing good, comfortable walking shoes.
Step 5: Shawford is a rural country station. There’s usually at least one Southwestern Railway train per hour from the north and south, so be sure to check the timetables before setting off.
Step 6: Head out of the station onto Shawford Road. Turn right and head down the right-hand side of the street, past the Chef and Brewer opposite.