AROUND 100 walkers, cyclists and a horse-rider braved the weather to experience the beautiful Hampshire countryside as the newest section of a country path was opened.
Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire, officially opened the Liphook, Liss and Petersfield sections of the Shipwrights Way.
The long-distance path runs through the heart of East Hampshire, across the South Downs National Park to Hayling Island and finishes at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.
Mr Hinds said: ‘It was great to see such a large turnout for the opening.
‘With the area’s network of bridleways and footpaths, beautiful countryside and welcoming pubs, we have the opportunity to really develop our inbound tourism, and the Shipwright’s Way will play a key role in this.
‘In addition, it will give local residents the chance to get out and explore the local area, and will be of great use to commuters as they travel to work.’