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Recreational and countryside sites

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Sites (in alphabetical order)

 NOTE: We advise you to always phone and check details of the attractions listed before
making a special journey. Many of the sites are run by private companies and we rely on
 them to inform us of changes to opening times, admission prices etc.
 We will endeavour to ensure details are up-to-date, but we regret that we cannot be
 held responsible if any information proves to be inaccurate.



Aldershot Park
AnglingKidsSports club or pitchesPublic parking 

Recreation ground with several sports pitches, as well as children’s playground facilities. Small angling pond, junior members encouraged. Open access. River Blackwater and Blackwater Valley Path borders the southern part of the site.



Alpine Snowsports
KidsRefreshmentsPublic parking  

Three fully floodlit dry ski slopes all with lifts and mist system. Ski shop offering a wide range of clothing & accessories, equipment hire, ski & snowboarding lessons, donut sessions, junior club & birthday parties.



Badshot Lea Ponds

Two ponds, popular mixed course fishery.



Basingstoke Canal Centre
AnglingKidsRefreshmentsCampingPublic parking 

Visitor Centre, offering information on all aspects of the Canal and its use. Boat trips, camping, cafe, picnic and BBQ area, playground, toilets and club room.



Blackwater Park
Wildlife sitePublic parking

Trim trail in woodland setting. Open access. River Blackwater and Blackwater Valley Path pass through the site.



Blackwater Valley Golf
GolfPublic parking

Nine-hole golf course with 30 bay driving range and clubhouse. Club membership and pay and play.



Blackwater Valley Watersports
WatersportsPublic parking 

Water-skiing, wakeboarding and jet-skiing. A complex of three lakes, comprising: club boat, slalom course; private boat owners; jet-ski members.



Bramshill Plantation
Wildlife site

An extensive area restored to forestry under Forestry Enterprise control. Public footpaths cross the site.



Brickfields Country Park
Wildlife sitePublic parking

Open access. Managed by Friends of Brickfields Country Park.



Church Farm Lakes

Part of the Yateley Lakes complex, nationally renown.



Cove Brook Greenway
Wildlife site

Wildlife rich greenway around the Cove Brook, which runs through the middle of a built-up area.



Eversley Cricket Club
Sports club or pitches

Cricket ground situated on the picturesque Eversley Cross village green.



Frimley Hatches
Wildlife site

Angling and wildfowl-rich lakes, views from the footpath and bridleway.



Frimley Lodge Park
Wildlife siteKidsSports club or pitchesGolfRefreshmentsPublic parking

Sports pitches, trim trail, pitch and putt. Play area, picnic and BBQ area. Miniature railway. Woodland and canal side walks. Cafe and toilets.



Gold Valley Lakes

Angling: this is one of Britain’s premier match fisheries. Bar and snacks.



Hawley Lake Sail Training Centre
WatersportsAnglingPublic parking

Canoeing, power boating, dinghy sailing, water skiing.



Hawley Meadows
Wildlife siteAnglingPublic parking 

Riverside floodplain pastures offer a rural landscape amidst a built-up area. Open access. River Blackwater and Blackwater Valley Path pass through the site. Pleasant walks particularly in summer. Angling on the Blackwater River. 



Wildlife site

Butterfly-rich grassland with views across the Valley. Open access. River Blackwater and Blackwater Valley Path pass through the site.



Hollybush Pits

Wildfowl-rich lakes, views from the footpath.



Horseshoe Lake Activity Centre
Wildlife siteKidsWatersportsPublic parking

Dinghy sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, RYA and BCU courses for all abilities. Clubs for juniors. Casual use through ‘lake pass’ system. River Blackwater and Blackwater Valley Path found on southern edge of the site.



Jake’s @ Tri-Lakes
 KidsAnglingRefreshmentsPublic parking

Children’s mini farm with indoor playbarn, cafe, special events and holiday programme. Ticket admission. Angling lake is part of the Yateley Lakes complex.



Lakeside Nature Reserve
Wildlife siteAnglingKidsPublic parking

Open access to wildlife-rich Nature Reserve with varied habitats. Childrens’ natural play area. Angling: Hartley Wintney Angling Society. Day tickets available. River Blackwater and Blackwater Valley Path pass through the site.



Mill Lane Lake

Part of the Yateley Lakes complex, nationally renown.



Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve
Wildlife site Public parking

Important site for breeding and wintering birds. Easily viewed from footpath system. Bird hides available to members, some public sessions. Wheelchair accessible. River Blackwater and Blackwater Valley Path found on southern edge of the site.  



Quayside Wake and Ski
WatersportsKidsRefreshmentsPublic parking

Water-skiing and wakeboarding. Bar/restaurant (The Quays) with outdoor play area in lakeside setting.



River Valley Lake

Part of the Yateley Lakes complex, nationally renown.



Rowan Fields
Wildlife sitePublic parking

Split site comprising two riverside fields still with remnants of the ancient meadow flora and a newly restored and landscaped ex gravel pit. Open public access and a car park giving access to the riverside footpath.



Rowhill Nature Reserve
Wildlife sitePublic parking

Ancient woodland with working coppice. Open access. Trail suitable for wheelchair users. Field Centre open Sunday afternoons. School parties and organised groups must pre-book visits. Source of River Blackwater and Blackwater Valley Path starts here.



Sandhurst Memorial Park
KidsSports club or pitchesRefreshmentsPublic parking

Sports pitches, children’s play area and open grassland areas. Open access; suitable for wheelchairs. River Blackwater and Blackwater Valley Path found on the southern edge of the site.



Sean Devereaux Park
Sports club or pitches

Sports facilities for the local community including cricket, football and hockey pitches managed by the local town council.



Shawfield Lakes

A natural water set amidst mature trees, developed for match and pleasure fishing.



Shepherd Meadows
Wildlife siteAnglingPublic parking 

Part of Blackwater Valley SSSI: nationally important wildflower meadows. Angling on the River Blackwater. Open access; suitable for wheelchairs. Angling: day tickets and annual permits available.



Snaky Lane Wildlife Area
Wildlife site

Grassland, pond and tree planting. Open Access. Managed by Snaky Lane Community Wildlife Group.



Southwood Woodland
Wildlife site

Site currently being developed to provide a natural resource for the community. Comprises large areas of regenerating Birch, together with mature Oak field boundaries, Holly, Hazel, Alder Carr, grassland and heathland.



Stillwater Angling

Farnham Angling Society members only.



Swan Valley Lakes

Part of the Yateley Lakes complex, nationally renown.



Tongham Community Wood
Wildlife sitePublic parking

Open access, suitable for wheelchairs. Picnic areas, woodland and ponds.



Tongham Pool
Wildlife site

Former gravel pit restored for nature conservation. Open access. River Blackwater and Blackwater Valley Path found on the edge of the site.



Trilakes Little Angels Playworld

Under new management (August 2010). See  Jake’s @ Tri-Lakes.



Watchmoor Nature Reserve
Wildlife sitePublic parking

Small nature reserve with open access. Next to Sainsbury’s Superstore.



Watmore Farm Fisheries
AnglingPublic parking

Five-acre fishing lake with 25 pegs (2 with disabled access). Day tickets available.



Wellington Country Park
Wildlife siteKidsAnglingWatersportsRefreshmentsCampingPublic parking

Nature trails. Children’s animal farm. Miniature railway. Adventure playground. Rowing boats. Refreshments.



Weybourne Nature Area
Wildlife site

Small marshy grassland site. Open to the public with a boardwalk giving access to the pond.



Willow Park

Angling, tackle shop and cafe. Day tickets available on site.



Yateley Common Country Park
Wildlife siteAnglingPublic parking

Nationally important heathland site. Open access.



Yateley Lakes Complex

A large complex of angling lakes under various ownership including Swan Valley Lakes, River Valley Lake, Mill Lane Lake, Church Farm Lakes and Trilakes. Nationally renowned.