Stepping Up

Over the years the numerous visitors to the Wellington Monument have eroded the sides of the mound, making it slippery and steep to access the top, so recently Mark, George and Ben have been out working hard to make it safe again.  They have added steps on both sides of the statue, taking into account drainage, surface runoff and tree roots as they’d worked.

Looking better already

Looking better already

Looking down from the top

Looking down from the top

Have you tried them out yet?

Have you tried them out yet?

As wll as the steps, the new map boards have arrived and are starting to go in around the sites.  Rushmoor Bottom now has its map board, which should help visitors find their way around much easier.

The Duke is on a trail

The Duke is on a trail

Assistant Ranger Laura



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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