The second of my walks this year will be at 10:00 on Saturday morning March 17th.
The clockwise circular walk will meander across Yateley Common before crossing Cricket Hill lane and cutting through the Royal Oak Valley and Yateley to explore the paths in the Swan Lakes area. It will be similar to the walk we did last year but may have a different end depending on the weather.
The walk is a scenic tour that connects at least five ponds, three lakes, one river and one stream and possibly one spring. It has a few inclines and some good surfaces but I think we can expect a couple of rather muddy stretches! Possible topics may include how the Ely came to be and the fate of local highwaymen. Plus tales of path resurfacing which went well in places but less so in others and we will take a look at some recent heathland conservation projects.
It will be about six miles and will start from the grass between the two gravel pit car parks on the northern side of the A30, one mile west of Blackwater station. SU838594 GU170AR. Height barrier 2m off the A30. Look for eastern-most of two sets of yellow bollards.
For those of you who would rather not travel down the rutted paths to the unsurfaced car parks, parking is available at the end of Lowlands Road and Baileys Close, then walk a few hundred yards past the 30 mph signs to the large grassy area. There is also access to the car parks from this side in case of overrunning works on the west bound A30 carriageway.
Apologies to anyone who I led to believe that this month we would be at Caesar’s Camp. The new fencing off of military lands has prevented this one and I needed to replan. Hence the later than usual delivery of this message.
Hope to see you on Yateley Common.
Walk Leader Paul