This Hampshire town sits in the north east corner of the county in the Rushmoor area. There's good walking opportunities along the canal and river which run through the town. There's also expansive areas of woodland to the west and a number of pretty parks and lakes on the fringes on the town.
This waterside walk around the town takes you along the Blackwater River and the Basingstoke Canal which run through the area. It's nice easy walking on flat footpaths with a visit to a local nature reserve and a lakeside park to enjoy as well.
The walk starts at the car park at the Rowhill Nature Reserve just to the south west of the town centre and the train station. In the 55 acre reserve you will find the source of the Blackwater River and deciduous woodland. In the spring months you can see lots of pretty bluebells. From here you can pick up the Blackwater Valley Footpath and follow the waymarked footpath east along the river in Weybourne to the pretty Badshot Lea Big Pond.
You continue east past Pea Bridge and Badshot Lea before turning north at Aldershot Park. The trail then runs along the eastern fringes of the town before coming to Gold Valley Lakes and the Lakeside Nature Reserve. There's a pretty lakeside park and reserve here with lots of water loving birds to look out for. In the park you can pick up the Basingstoke Canal and follow it west towards Wharf Bridge and the Queen's Parade Recreation Ground. You can follow the same paths back to the reserve or continue west into the Forest of Eversley and return on various woodland trails to create a circular walk.
PostcodeGU11 3BD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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The paths on the route make for a nice dog walk. The Rowhill Nature Reserve at the start of the walk is a popular spot for dog walkers so you'll probably bump into some other owners there. The Forest of Eversley is another popular spot for dog walkers near the town.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To extend your walking in the area head north from the Rowhill car park and you will soon come to the Wellington Monument on Round Hill. Here you'll find a monument to Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, victor at the Battle of Waterloo and later prime minister of the United Kingdom. The statue was originally unveiled at Hyde Park Corner in 1846 but then moved to Aldershot in 1883.
Just to the west is the Forest of Eversley where there are miles of good woodland trails to try. One popular option is the climb to Caesar's Camp, an Iron Age Hillfort and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The hillfort lies entirely within the Bourley and Long Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest. There's good views towards London from the elevated position of the hillfort. It's also full of wildlife with rabbits, birds and deer to look out for. You can find it to the west of the town at postcode GU11 1PZ.
The Brenda Parker Way also passes through the town and provides an opportunity for further exploring the countryside surrounding the town.
Aldershot is not far from the North Downs. If you head a couple of miles south of the town you could pick up the North Downs Way and follow it east to Puttenham Common where there's lot of good footpaths to try.
To the north east there's Pirbright, where you can visit the noteworthy Brookwood Cemetery, the largest cemetery in the United Kingdom. The site includes a 220 Acre park with some good walking trails and interesting flora and fauna.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North Downs Walks page.