Blackwater Valley path diversion at Hollybush

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.

BV Diverted Path at Hollybush

BV Diverted Path at Hollybush


About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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7 Responses to Blackwater Valley path diversion at Hollybush

  1. alanhilliar says:

    As I understand it, the diverted route is for pedestrians only, I.e. no access for cyclists. I still can’t understand why the owners have made what seems to me to be an arbitrary and high handed decision to close the existing path.

    • Yes, you are correct. There is still no permission from the land owner for cyclists to use the new diversion.

      • RH says:

        What is the current (April 2015) status of the BVP diversion? Is there a recommended alternative for cyclists?

        • The planning application for the land is still being considered and this is affecting the ongoing footpath diversion. The best alternative would probably be to come over the A331 and head towards North Camp. At the first pedestrian crossing lights there is a footpath to your left which will take you through the military camp to Camp Farm Road. At the end of this, turn left onto Government Road, then right onto Lakeside road where you will meet the end of the path coming out at Hollybush before the railway bridge. It does take you some distance away from the original path but we feel this is the safest alternative.

  2. JB says:

    He just wants to get the Failed planning permission for the scrap yard to be passed but as Rushmoor refused it 3 times he decided to hack off everyone until they pass it..

  3. Jim Hoggart says:

    I came across from Reading to walk the path to Aldershot today and found the path blocked. I did not see a diversion sign and so, sadly, had to walk along Mytchett Road and join the path at Government Road. If there is a quicker route, I’d be pleased to find it!

    • I’m sorry to hear that you couldn’t find the new route of the path. There are a few signs up pointing the way but we are aware that these are not enough and are working on getting permission to install brown signs. Unfortunately our diversion maps keep getting torn down as well, which does not help.

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