The Blackwater Valley Path near North Camp Station has been diverted; gates have been erected blocking access to the riverside route. Public use of this section of path was agreed by previous landowners secured by a legal agreement with Rushmoor Borough Council specifying pedestrian use, although previous owners had no objection to cyclists. The agreement gives the landowner the option of providing an alternative route. The current owner has asked the council to stop publicising cycle access and has now used the option of diverting the pedestrian route away from the river.
We are very disappointed that this action has been taken as we do not know of any problems with cyclists or pedestrians on the riverside route. The alternative pedestrian only route is indicated on the map below. It still requires surfacing, and includes Hollybush Lane that is also used by vehicles.
We will support Rushmoor Council in its negotiations with the landowner and are investigating the feasibility of other alternatives for cycle and pedestrian use. Thank you all for your emails letting us know how much you value the path.