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The Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership has developed a number of guides that provide useful information for visitors out and about in the valley.Discover the Blackwater Valley leaflet

Our leaflet Discover the Blackwater Valley is the perfect introductory guide to the Blackwater Valley. Colourful and practical it offers a flavour of what the Valley has to offer. Open it out and there’s a large map showing the entire catchment area with brief details of the Valley’s many wildlife sites, parks,  leisure and recreational activities plus some useful general information.   

Circular Walks bookletIf you enjoy walking and want to explore the Blackwater Valley this is the guide for you. Blackwater Valley Circular Walks contains full details of 12 circular walks in and around the Blackwater Valley. Not only will it introduce you to the many nature reserves, country parks, woodlands and meadows in the area, but it will also act as the perfect companion publication to our Explore the Blackwater Valley guide.  Beautifully produced in full colour, it has 56-pages and as well as walkers it will appeal to everyone who lives in the area.

New book - on sale now! 

Link to path guide We have been updating, revamping and improving our guide to the Blackwater Valley Path guide book, which gives details of the 23-mile long distance route that follows the River Blackwater. Renamed Explore the Blackwater Valley, the new book includes everything the old path book offered, including clear, specially drawn and easy-to-follow maps, a detailed route description, which identifies the multi-user section - suitable for cyclists, wheelchair users and pushchairs - and provides information on some of the points of general interest in the Valley. In addition we have expanded the book and it now includes details of the many places of interest along the way with specific information about the recreational facilities including angling and watersports. In full-colour, our 48-page illustrated guide is a must have for all Valley residents and visitors alike.

Link to dragonfly guide  The Blackwater Valley area was described in the 1930s as a dragonflies’ paradise. Since then gravel extraction has created many more lakes and ponds, making it one of the best areas in Britain to see both dragonflies and damselflies. Blackwater Valley Dragonflies features a detailed description of the 30 species that can be found on various sites within the Valley. With close-up photographs and details of where and when to find the different species, this booklet is a must for wildlife enthusiasts.

Learn all about the butterflies found in the Valley with
 Blackwater Valley Butterflies, a very colourful and informative guide, which includes information on the different butterflies and habitats found in the Valley. In full colour with photographs of the 32 species recorded in the Valley, it has useful ‘Sites to Visit’, ‘Butterfly Families’ and ’Flying Period’ charts. A must-have guide for enthusiasts and beginners alike.