Express. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. HOME News Royal Showbiz & TV Sport Comment Finance Travel Entertainment Life & Style UK World Politics Royal US Science Weather Weird History Nature Sunday InYourArea Many across the UK complain about their local rail connections, but those living in Micheldever in Hampshire have no worries with 24 trains a day to London.
Micheldever in Hampshire, which has 24 direct trains to London Waterloo every day (Image: Getty)
Many in the UK often complain about their rail connections, but the residents of one tiny village cannot complain, with a whopping 24 direct trains to London a day.
Micheldever in Hampshire may have just more than 1,500 people living in it, but despite being located in the middle of nowhere, the village’s station which is not even in the village itself, has a train every hour to London Waterloo between 5am and 11pm.
The journey takes just one hour and the reason Micheldever is so well served by trains is because it is located on the mainline between the London terminal and the likes of Bournemouth and Southampton.
And while the station opens up a vast array of opportunities for village folk to enjoy the city, there is also plenty of reason for Londoners to make the trip to the tranquil Hampshire village.
The village’s Micheldever Wood boasts ancient woodland status and is home to wildflowers and a diverse range of birds and insects, including an increasing number of butterflies.
A train leaving the platform at Micheldever Station (Image: Getty)
Visitors can take in a dazzling display of bluebells in the spring or the sight of a Muntjac deer in the winter months.
The village is also steeped in history with the station itself being the starting point for the first-ever car journey in Britain in 1895.
The area has also become a scheduled ancient monument with Bronze Age burial sites, Iron Age remains, a Roman villa, and medieval earthworks.
Become an Express Premium member Support fearless journalism Read The Daily Express online, advert free Get super-fast page loadingThe village even features in JRR Tolken’s books, The Shire, in which one of the settlements is named Michel Delving after it.
It is also the setting of a renowned photograph by Bill Brandt called Micheldever Nude, which was taken inside Micheldever House.
Those wishing to explore other parts of Hampshire can then travel on to the city of Winchester, Basingstoke and Andover.
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