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Blackwater Valley Path

walking along the path This long-distance path follows the River Blackwater from its source in Rowhill Nature Reserve to Swallowfield, where it join the River Whitewater to become the Broadwater for a short stretch before flowing into the River Loddon.

The path is 23 miles long (see map), which includes a section of 1 miles utilising roadside pavements. Efforts to replace this section with a riverside route and to extend the path continue.

The path passes through woodland and flower-rich meadows, linking a wide variety of:

  • nature reserves
  • country parks
  • water sports facilities
  • and other recreational areas

The route is being developed by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership through negotiation with local authorities and private landowners.

Look out for the Coot sign which indicates the path route.


The path surface varies from unmade single track to wide surfaced - "multi-user" sections that are suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and buggies and bicycles.  The wide section runs from Tices Meadow (Farnham Quarry) north up to Frimley Business Park. There is a section at Hollybush Lakes that is now not accessible to bicycles and is unsuitable for wheelchairs.

The path is mainly flat, which makes it ideal for those with young families or, in the multi-user sections, people with mobility difficulties.

Obviously, the unsurfaced sections represent more of a challenge and are subject to change along with the weather conditions.

How to get to and from the path

See the information in the about valley section of this website. 

Guide book

A booklet called Explore the Blackwater Valley contains a detailed route description and clear maps to help you find your way along the path, together with useful information about some of the things you may see en route.