Blackwater Valley Countryside

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Walking across the heathlandThe Blackwater Valley is perfect for walking and provides a wealth of walking opportunities. The rights of way network enables you to follow
in the footsteps of your ancestors
as prehistoric tracks cross the dry heathlands, Roman highways ford
the river, mediaeval routes used by Tudor kings, or the network of local tracks heading across farm fields to church, are all still in use today.

Over the past 70 years gravel extraction and urban expansion has instigated a major change to the Walking on the Blackwater Valley Pathlandscape and the area has changed dramatically, part of this development has resulted in the creation of the Blackwater Valley Path along the River Blackwater as
a recreational route. This 23-mile long-distance path follows the river 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. 

If you want to discover the many paths in the Valley area including the Blackwater Valley Path, they are covered by the Ordnance Survey Walking in the countrysideLand Ranger map No. 186 (Aldershot, Guildford), or in more detail by the OS Explorer series sheet numbers: 145 (Guildford and Farnham), 159 (Reading, Wokingham and Pangbourne) and 160 (Windsor, Weybridge and Bracknell).

Guide books

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 places you can vist along the way.

We also produce a book of circular walk  called Blackwater Valley Circular Walks, containing 12 walks of varying length each with detailed route descriptions and clear easy-to-follow maps plus plenty of useful heritage and wildlife information.

How to obtain the booklets

For more details about these and our other booklet, please use this link.  

Local Walking Groups

North Lane Green Steps Walking Group
Meet every Tuesday at 10.45am at the North Town Community Base, 232 North Lane, Aldershot, GU12 4TH for walks of about an hours duration.  Once a month special longer walks are organised. There are no fees, dogs are welcome, the walks are easily paced and finish with a cup of tea and a chat.
For further information phone Clive: 01252 376640 or Dave: 07788 159520 or email