Section 1 – Rowhill Copse to Pea Bridge

Here you'll find directions for section 1 of the Blackwater Valley Path.

Distance: 1.75 miles

1 Rowhill Nature Reserve

  • Start on the track at the lower end of the car park beside the white house.
  • At the source of the River Blackwater, bear left and pass Stickleback Pond.
  • Turn right at the T junction of paths, keep on this path, passing a field on your left.
  • Leave the wood via Parkland Grove and turn left into Weybourne Road.

2 Around Badshot Lea Lake

  • Pass the pub, then cross the road and head under the railway bridge into Boxall's Lane.
  • Turn right just after the railway bridge.
  • Follow the path at the base of the railway embankment.

The ditch you cross is the diminutive River Blackwater.

  • Turn left at Lower Weybourne Lane.
  • Just before the houses, take the path on the left alongside a stream.
  • Follow the stream beind the houses and garage, then cross Badshot Lea Road

3 Pea Bridge

  • Turn left to reach Pea Bridge.
  • Turn right to rejolin the River Blackwater.