Thank you to Paul for leading this walk.
Paul's walk report
A group of around fifty walkers, plus dogs and buggies, met at Lakeside Country Park in readiness for a six mile stroll along the Blackwater River and Basingstoke Canal.
We have done this walk in previous years so this time we started with a loop of the largest lake in the complex. This also gave us a chance to see the work the Blackwater Valley volunteers have recently done to restore the reedbeds.
After a circuit of another of the lakes, we reached the Blackwater Valley path and headed north. Crossing the road we were helped by a motorist who stopped to wave us across, but probably didn't expect the very long line of walkers that emerged onto the crossing.
It was a shame the weather was cloudy but it was still a pleasant walk along the river through Hollybush especially as the banks had been cleared of the previous forest of brambles and we could see the recently installed pigs in their new compound on the other bank.
Onwards over Hollybush Hill and into Ramillies Park and the open space and woodland of Marlborough Park before recrossing the BVR and railway line at North Camp station. We walked over the grassland in Carrington Recreation ground, admiring the dense clumps of mistletoe in the surrounding trees.
Crossing the Frimley road we climbed a small rise to join the canal at the curiously named Deadman's Bridge. Here we turned south and followed the towpath back to the aqueduct and a photo opportunity. Then it was just a descent from the canal and back through the Lakeside park to the car park.
Thank you to everyone who came along - we hope to see you in March.