MORE than 950 people of all ages braved the weather to Walk the Line last Saturday morning, raising a whopping £14,750 for the Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line.

The route took them along the track from Alton to Alresford and they had a choice of how far they wanted to walk.

Either the six mile ‘downhill’ from Medstead and Four Marks to Alresford station or the 10 miles from Alton, ‘over the Alps’ to Alresford – a more challenging route for the more adventurous families giving them a chance to enjoy a peaceful stroll in the countryside.

Organiser David Brace said: “Walk The Line is a fantastic opportunity for all the family to see the Watercress Line from a different view and play an important part in securing the future of Hampshire’s heritage railway.

“On behalf of all of the staff and volunteers at the Watercress Line, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s annual walk.”

The money raised from the sponsored walk will be used to re-ballast a section of 1,000 yards of track at Wanders Curve between Medstead and Four Marks and Ropley and, subsequently, maintain the trackbed that families were walking along.