Circular walk 6 – allotments and Hatches around Frimley

Learn about some of the history of Frimley as you walk along the canal towpath, riverside path, through woodland and heath

About the walk

Start point: Frimley Lodge Park car park, Sturt Road, Mytchett

Distance: 8 km/ 5 miles

Walk time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Terrain: generally easy walking, some slopes

Getting there

Train: the nearest stations are Frimley and Farnborough North

1 Along the Basingstoke Canal

  • From the car park, follow the path signed as ‘Canal North’. Pass the Pavilion and football pitches and turn left onto the canal towpath
  • Follow the instructions on the signs over the first bridge you come to. Continue along the towpath over the aqueduct
  • At Deepcut Bridge go under the canal and then up the concrete steps on the right. Turn right at the road to cross over the canal
  • Cross this busy road with care and take the first left, Lake Road, signposted to Frimley Green. Turn right into Bellow Road, accessible on foot only
  • Continue past the Royal Logistic Corps barracks and follow the road around to the right as it becomes Blackdown Road

2 Frimley Fuel Allotments

  • After passing Woodend Road on the right, take a surfaced track into the heath/wood on the left opposite house numbers 25 and 27
  • After 100m there is an open grassy area on the right – take the grass track leading off to the left. This path runs downhill along a sandy track, then flattens out
  • Turn right at the crossroads onto a wide track known as Valley Road. At the nextr junction with a wide track turn left and continue straight along this track until a playing filed becomes visible. This area is known as Frimley Fuel Allotments
  • Carry on, on a smaller path leading into a more enclosed woodland to the right of the playing fields. Continue to St Catherine’s Road/Regent Way
  • Cross the road, turn right them immediately left down the footpath and cycleway

3 Walk through Frimley

  • At the T-junction, turn left and pass Caroline Way and a school on the right. When the path ends, turn right into Field Lane
  • Where the road becomes Frimley Grove Gardens, cross and take the left fork continuing along Field Lane, which becomes a surfaced track and then a footpath
  • A narrow entrance on the left leads into St Peter’s churchyard. Follow the path through to the right past the church
  • Cross Grove Road and go straight down Church Road towards Frimley town. Continue straight across the next roundabout into Frimley High Street

4 River Blackwater and Frimley Hatches

  • At the end of the High Street use the railway bridge beside Frimley station to cross the railway line and continue round to the left

Station link: to Frimley

  • Follow the ‘Blackwater Valley Path South’ signs to join the path
  • Proceed alongside the river past a number of lakes

Station link: to Farnborough North

  • Where a bridge takes the path over the A331 towards Farnborough North station, turn left towards Frimley Green and don’t cross the bridges
  • The path runs between two lakes, emerging onto the railway line. Cross with care and continue straight down The Hatches

5 Back to the start

  • Keep right at the small triangular traffic island and carry on into Frimley Green
  • Follow the road round to the right onto Green Road, heading towards The Rose and Thistle pub
  • Turn right into Sturt Road which will take you under the railway line back to Frimley Lodge Park, located on the left side of the road