Circular walk 4 – family stroll through North Camp and Ash Vale

One for all the family - a walk that passes alongside river and canal on surfaced paths, suitable for wheeled transport

About the walk

Start point: Lakeside Park car park, Lakeside Road, Ash

Distance: 7 km/ 4.5 miles

Walk time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Terrain: Flat, easy walking on hard standing, with no obstacles

Getting there

Train: the nearest station is North Camp

1 Along the Basingstoke Canal

  • From the car park, face away from the entrance and take the path leading into the woodland from the centre of the car park
  • Bear right with the path, then pass lakes on both sides to join the Blackwater Valley Path and turn left
  • Follow the path up onto the aqueduct and turn left along the Basingstoke Canal towpath
  • Follow the towpath underneath Vale Road at Ash Vale. Carry on past The Swan pub on the opposite bank
  • The canal widens to form the ‘Great Bottom Flash’ before passing a barge yard and then passing under a railway line
  • The path then goes under a small private bridge across the canal. Soon after this, take the track on the left which joins the Frimley Road.

2 To the River Blackwater

  • Cross Frimley Road, turn left and continue past Warwick Road
  • Take the next right, Carrington Lane, which leads to the recreation ground
  • Keep right, through the recreation ground and car park and onto a roundabout
  • Cross the road to the left of the roundabout and take the pedestrian path to North Camp station

Station link: to North Camp

  • Cross the railway line and carry straight on to join the Blackwater Valley Path outside the station

3 Along the River Blackwater to the start

  • Use the wooden bridge to cross the river and follow the Blackwater Path through a series of lakes formed from gravel extraction, known as the Hollybush Pits
  • Follow the path through Hollybush Hill and Hollybush park
  • Exit the park, cross the road and continue left along the Blackwater Valley path, parallel with the A331, under the railway and into Lakeside Park
  • Cross the river and keep right, following the Blackwater Valley Path. When you reach a T-junction, the circuit is complete
  • To return to the car park turn left, then right at the next path