Worthy Down Halt
About the project:
The history of the Didcot, Newbury & Southampton Railway (DNSR)
line between Winchester and Newbury dates to the 1885; Kings Worthy
station was established in 1914 and Worthy Down Halt in 1924.
The whole of the DNSR line was dismantled in 1964 as part of the Beeching Axe. Since then the landscape of the
line from north of Kings Worthy to South Wonston has in the most
intact, although the southern stretch is now dominated by the A34
Nothing remains of Kings Worthy Station, although
Worthy Down Halt is still very much standing as a relic of a bygone
age, however the platform is practically 'lost', neglected and
obscured by trees and shrubs.
Around the old station has developed a
rather special natural environment, in particular the area to the
west of the platform, which has some rather exceptional features largely
because of the shelter afforded by the platform and the barrier of
birch trees, and the very dry nature of the rail bed. This is
enhanced by the openness of the site to the west and also by the
presence of the tarmac, which still lies beneath a thin layer of
soil in an area near the fence. Here an unusual
flora has developed, more suited to dry sandy and slightly acidic soils than to
the Hampshire chalk. On top is an impressive ground cover
of lichen and other flower plants as well as a number of fungi.
White helloborine (Cephalanthera damasonium)
are also becoming established below the west-edge of the platform.
Halt Wildflower Survey - Summer 2006.
To the east of the platform is the public footpath; and to the
south along the path, wild liquorice (Astragalus glycyphyllos) has
established a localised stronghold, said to be the only occurrence
of this species in Hampshire.
It is our intention to restore the
'lost platform of Worthy Down Halt', not only to preserve it but
also to enhance it by creating a raised wildflower bed - it is
hoped this will encourage insects and birds, and improved diversity of
wildlife. Also, we will be improving and maintaining
the special natural environment surrounding the platform, and also creating viewpoints and
install seating. See
Worthy Down Halt Survey & Improvement Proposal.
Worthy Down Halt is located at grid
SU 479 352
See also our work at
Dismantled Didcot Newbury
Glade Clearance Task Report -
Platform Scrub Clearance Task Report - November 2009
Platform Clearance & Wildflower Seed Scattering - March 2009
Platform Clearance & Wildflower Seed Scattering - February 2009
Platform Clearance & Wildflower Seed Scattering - April 2008
Wild Liquorice Improvement - August 2007
Wild Liquorice Improvement Plan - August 2007
Bench Installation & Wildflower Seed Scattering - June 2007
Platform and Viewpoint Clearance - April 2007
Scrub Clearance - March 2007
Viewpoint Clearance - November 2006
Habitat Enhancement - October 2006
Habitat Enhancement Proposal - October 2006
Scrub Clearance - June 2006