Upcoming Trust Walk

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


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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