We will walk to Yateley Common through the woodland and heathland and loop around passing interesting sites such as the Old Ely, Wyndhams Pond and Hospital pond. We will see some of the conservation work recently undertaken on the common before descending alongside the stream through the Royal Oak valley. We will then pass through the historical centre of Yateley by St Peter’s church and complete the walk with a passage along the Blackwater River and a tour around the very picturesque Swan Lake Park.
The actual route will depend on the weather between now and then but there will be many ponds and lakes plus a stream and a river, although there are sure to be some soft muddy patches. There will be possibly two slightly awkward stiles and also two rather large fallen tree trunks to be stepped over so this walk is not suitable for buggies and prams.
As we are now in the ground bird nesting season and we have a few lanes to follow and roads to cross, plus a spell through a residential area, dogs should be on a lead all the way round.