South Western Railway (SWR) is looking to get customers out and about, with a new set of partnerships to offer walking routes up and down its network.
SWR has teamed up with walking and wellbeing app Go Jauntly, and its Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) to offer a selection of accessible countryside walks around the SWR network.
The Go Jauntly app currently offers 11 walking routes under the “South Western Railway Rambles” section.
Hana Sutch, CEO and Co-Founder of Go Jauntly expressed her excitement over the partnership.
She added: “Travelling to new places via public transport adds to the overall experience and is very much a part of the journey and fun.
“Now it’s easier to explore more of the wonderful countryside along the South Western Railway network with this collection of walks.”
The walks range in length and difficulty, from a 30-minute step-free stroll through the New Forest to an eight-hour hike from Winchester to Southampton.
The app offers step-by-step instructions for each walk, pointing out notable landmarks along the way.
The walks start from Brockenhurst, Chessington, Eastleigh, Shawford, Sway and Winchester stations and some also have step-free, accessible routes available.
Colleagues from SWR and Go Jauntly met up with members of the Three Rivers CRP on 1 August to launch the partnership by sampling one of the walks offered on the app.
Peter Williams, Customer and Commercial Director for SWR, said: “South Western Railway is delighted to be working with Go Jauntly and our Community Rail Partners to offer new ways for people to explore the countryside around our stations.
“In conjunction with SWR, these walking routes are a great way to see the best that the region has to offer, while leaving the car at home.”