Blackwater Valley Countryside

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Rowan Fields

Wildlife site

Rowan FieldsThis site was split into two by the construction of the Blackwater Valley road. The western section comprise two riverside fields still with remnants of the ancient meadow flora including:

  • Knapweed
  • Meadow Barley
  • Marsh Birdsfoot Trefoil

To the east of the new road is a newly restored and landscaped former gravel pit. The mineral from this pit was used to build the road. The site has many newly planted trees, open grassland areas and a small pond.


There is open public access and a car park giving access to the riverside footpath.

The main access to the site is from Shawfield Lane off Shawfield Road in Ash, where there is a free car park. Grid ref: SU 8855506.  Access is also possible from the Blackwater Valley Path, between the Basingstoke Canal and Aldershot Road (see map of this path section).

Further information

Telephone the General Enquiries, Parks and Countryside Division, Guildford Borough Council on 01483 444705.

 See also the map of the Valley