Liss Riverside Railway Walk

The Liss Riverside Railway Walk is a Local Nature Reserve within the South Downs National Park with free public access to all areas on foot.
Part is owned by East Hants District Council and part by Liss Parish Council

It runs from Liss Mainline Station to Forest Road, Liss Forest, a distance of 1.25 miles along the line of the defunct Longmoor Military Railway.
The main path is part of Section 5 of the Shipwrights Way.

The old trackbed is now the main footpath which is also open to horse riders and is a permissive cycle track. All other paths can only be accessed on foot.
The main path is suitable for disabled access but the other paths may not be.
With the exception of authorised maintenance and emergency vehicles  no motor vehicles are allowed anywhere on the Reserve.
There is free car parking opposite the Forest Road entrance and in Liss village.

Within and on the boundaries of the Reserve are two rivers (the Rother and the Blackwater), several wet meadows and some areas of mixed deciduous woodland which all provide a rich habitat for a variety of wildlife and plants.

Starting near Liss railway Station the main footpath runs north past some old railway relics and then the old station platform for the Longmoor Military Railway.
This is followed by a small area of allotments on the right.
On the opposite side of the path is deciduous woodland down to the River Rother which forms the western boundary at this point.
Just north of the woodland is a large picnic area with tables and benches.
This is the limit of the part of the Reserve owned by Liss Parish Council: the rest is owned by East Hants District Council.

The path then runs in a straight line with woodland on both sides until it meets a public footpath from West Liss crossing over the new green oak bridge and passing through a small grassy glade to the Ten Acre field and the level crossing at Liss Forest.
There are kissing gates in both directions on this path and cattle are sometimes kept in the field.

The next part of the main path continues to the first of the old railway bridges.
On the right is some scrubby woodland and on the left a series of wet meadows with the river on the far side.
There is a footpath through here which returns to the main path further on.
Briggs Bridge, like the other old railway bridges, has been refurbished with a new superstructure of green oak on the original steel and concrete supports.The path crosses the Rother for the first time here.

After the bridge is a small area of rough grassland on each side of the path with  another footpath from Rotherbank Farm Lane crossing the Rother to meet the main path.
This is followed by a long wet meadow on the right screened from the river by a line of trees.
On the left is a narrow strip of woodland with fields beyond.
At the end of the meadow is a footpath on the right to Shepherd Bridge and Newfield Road.
From this bridge can be seen the confluence of the Rother and the Blackwater.
The main path then passes a small plantation of poplars before crossing Nightingale Bridge, the second old railway bridge.
Here the River Rother enters the Reserve from the left and crosses to form the eastern boundary.

North of Nightingale Bridge the path continues between a narrow strip of woodland on the left and a long wet meadow on the right fringed by trees and finishing in an area of scrubby woodland at the far end.
The River Blackwater forms the eastern boundary along the edge of this meadow.

The third and final old railway bridge is Rose Bridge where the River Blackwater enters the Reserve from the left.
Past this bridge the path passes between narrow strips of woodland to end at the Forest Road entrance.

Ordnance Survey Reference is SU779287

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