GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Blackwater Valley Path

23 miles (37 km)

This is a nice easy waterside walk along the Blackwater River from Aldershot to Swallowfield.
The walk starts at the delightful Rowhill Nature Reserve in Aldershot and heads along the river to Farnborough, passing Gold Valley Lakes and Willow Park on the way. From Farnborough you continue through Frimley Hatches Nature Reserve and Blackwater to the splendid Tri Lakes Country Park near Yately. The final section takes you on to Swallowfield via Eversley.
With lakes, wetlands, rivers, canals and ponds there is a huge variety of water loving wildlife to look out for on this super walk through the beautiful Blackwater Valley.

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Blackwater Valley Footpath OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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The Queen's Oak in Finchampstead is a worthy place for a pit stop on the route. The historic pub was originally called The White Horse, but renamed after Queen Victoria planted an oak tree opposite the pub. There's a cosy log fire indoors while outside you can enjoy your meal in the garden area in finer weather. It's located in a lovely spot, close to the pretty village green on Church Lane. Postcode for your sat navs is RG40 4LS.
In Farnborough there's The Prince of Wales to consider. The Victorian pub serves good home-cooked food and has a nice garden area. You can find them near the train stations just to the west of the trail as it passes through the Hampshire town. The address is 184 Rectory Rd, GU14 8AL. They are also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

At the start/end of the route in Aldershot the Gold Valley Lakeside Nature Reserve is worth a visit. There's some easy lakeside trails, lots of wildlife and a lovely cafe to rest in here.
Near Finchampstead you could take a small detour north from the path to visit Finchampstead Ridges. The attractive National Trust owned area includes woodland trails, heather, bracken and two tranquil ponds.
Near the end of the route at Swallowfield you could extend your walk by visiting the nearby Wellington Country Park. The 350 acre park includes several nature trails where you can look out for the resident Red and Fallow deer. The miles of woodland trails in Bramshill Forest and the RSPB's Hazeley Heath are also located near here. In nearby Hook there's also some pleasant trails along the River Whitewater in the pretty Bassets Mead park on the eastern side of the town.


Blackwater Valley Path, Ash, Surrey - - 115883

Ash, Surrey. This very pleasant path follows the Blackwater River for several kilometres northwards from Aldershot.

Blackwater Valley Footpath - - 2355204


Frimley Bridge Lake - - 503124

Frimley Bridge Laketaken from the Blackwater Valley Path (a long distance route following the Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire borders, with many sections easily accessible for cyclists, the mobility impaired and young families).

The River Blackwater near North Camp Station - - 1251161

The River Blackwater near North Camp Station

Gold Valley Lakes - - 1153833

Gold Valley Lakes. A complex of small lakes to the west of the Blackwater Valley Road - seen from the towpath on the Basingstoke Canal. An angling competition seems to be in progress, judging by the number of fishermen.

Source of the River Blackwater - - 780498

Source of the River Blackwater. This spot in Rowhill Copse Nature Reserve marks the start of the River Blackwater. The river is formed by water accumulating in a bog. The bog is much bigger than it appears - about the size of a football pitch. It remains wet throughout the year and is surprisingly deep.

River Blackwater - - 2632252


Where Cove Brook joins the River Blackwater - - 687546

Where Cove Brook joins the River Blackwater. This is Hawley Meadows, a peaceful haven between the busy Blackwater Valley Road and the Railway line.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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