Thank you to walk leader Paul and his helpers for a lovely 5.5-mile walk to Caeser’s Camp.
Paul’s walk report
On Saturday we held the latest of our monthly walks. This time we had a five and a half mile route from the Wellington Statue near Aldershot, and climbing up to Caesar’s Camp.
After the recent rain I was pleased to find that Saturday was a dry and sporadically sunny morning, but not too warm so ideal walking conditions.
Caesar’s Camp is sited on the location of an iron age hill fort. The interior of the Camp lies some 600 feet (182.9m) above sea level and over-looks the plains around the site by up to 200 feet (61.0m). After crossing the Bourley Road we started the climb of almost continual, but mostly gradual, ascending for nearly two miles. After one false summit we climbed again to reach the top to be met with most welcome refreshments.
While we ate our cake and drank our tea and coffee we were able to survey the remarkable view above the Blackwater Valley. We could see all the way around from the North Downs in the south to beyond the Finchampstead Ridges to the north. Not only could we see aeroplanes lifting off from Farnborough airfield but also planes coming out of Heathrow. This time we didn’t spot the Shard but the Wembley Arch was seen.
Closer to us we could see the covered army reservoir and the lower hills, mostly all named such as Hungry Hill, Skirmishing Hill, Sunny Hill and even Cheese Hill and Brown Loaf Hill. We set off to the west where we passed through the original ramparts and ditches built to protect the fort. The ramparts on the side we had climbed up have succumbed to various quarrying in the past. Indeed many years ago a car had been driven into the ditches there and being considered too difficult to retrieve, the whole section was bulldozed flat.
We passed the large pond on the high ground admiring the tenacity of the willow still surviving in the pond despite being burnt and it is near here apparently are the Jock and Jennies stones, described as “being near a possible water source”. Even though this was the sixth time I’ve led a walk up here I haven’t found these yet and have no idea of their history. That will have to wait for another year.
We then turned to descend to the very picturesque lakes, or more formally Army Reservoir No 2. We then followed the trails back at the bottom of the steep hill passing through some heathland and interesting woodland. Recrossing the Bourley Road with, thankfully, the help of some cooperative motorists, we crossed the old playing field to then climb up the slope to get a close look at the Wellington Statue.
Thank you to everyone who came along and I hope it wasn’t too strenuous. While the number of walkers was still above thirty it was down on previous years so there was enough cake and chocolate left over to keep me fed for the next few days. I may need to arrange another walk soon to burn off all those calories!
Once again a huge thank you to Angus and Marilyn who pushed their yellow wheelbarrow a mile from the nearest entrance, and thanks to Mike and Nick for keeping us together and safely across roads.
We hope to see you in July.