Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust

About the organiser

Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust organises events, including walks, talks and conservation activities.

We encourage people to take part in them, to be introduced to, and educated about the Valley and its wildlife.

We have a great reputation for scenic and well organised walks, and hope you'll join us.

Related upcoming events

  • April 20, 2019 10:00 am - April 20, 2019 1:00 pm

    Key information

    This is a 6 mile circular walk. There are no stiles, but there is a spell of road walking, so dogs will need to be on a lead. There are a couple of inclines, one is particularly steep, but just over a hundred steps will get you to the top where there are benches we can use while recovering and admiring the views.

    The route

    We'll walk through Beech Hill, down to Horseshoe Lake and on to one of the more scenic part of the Blackwater River. After following the river for a couple of miles, we'll explore the new ponds north of Longwater Lane. We'll then pass the Catherine of Aragon plinth and return via the woods and pond of the Finchampstead Ridges. Finally, we'll cross back under those very impressive Wellingtonias.

    We did this walk last year, but this time we hope the timing is right to see the bluebell wood near the ridges at its picturesque best. There is a second bluebell area beyond Longwater Lane that we'll also walk through.

  • April 28, 2019 9:00 am - April 28, 2019 4:00 pm

    Key information

    Our third Big Valley Ramble will be an 11 mile circular walk, with a shorter 5 mile option. Our reputation for scenic and well organised walks means that everything, including light refreshments, is completely taken care of. Tickets are selling fast - book your ticket now

    The route

    The ramble will take you through some of the most delightful scenery that Berkshire has to offer - the quintessentially English country lanes and paths that link Arborfield and Swallowfield. Spring’s wildlife and landscape will be in all its glory. Bring the family for a great day out!

    We'll first go to Farley Hill - the midpoint of the short walk. The more energetic walkers will then venture along stretches of the Blackwater and Broadwater rivers, visiting Swallowfield for a lunch stop before returning to Aborfield Cross.

  • May 24, 2019 2:00 pm - May 24, 2019 4:00 pm

    Key information

    This walk is a guided walk to find and identify wild flower species. It passes through a wet meadow, so please wear appropriate footwear. The walk is part of the Sandhurst Flower and Culture Festival, in conjunction with the Chelsea Fringe. There is no charge for this event but booking by email is essential.

    The route

    The walk will take place in an unspoilt nature reserve between the Sandhurst Memorial Park balancing pond and the River Blackwater, called Blackwater Reach Meadow. This area contains dozens of species of beautiful early summer flowers - some of which are rare.

    We’ll supply the expert help – you can bring your flower book if you have one!

  • May 25, 2019 8:30 am - May 25, 2019 10:30 am

    Key information

    We'll be examining live catching traps to discover what small mammals are living in the undergrowth in part of Moor Green Lakes Reserve. It will be a rare opportunity to see some of our smallest British mammals.

    Numbers are limited numbers, so please book by email by the 22nd May, to receive full details of meeting place and the opportunity to help with setting the traps on Thursday and Friday evenings.

    The duration will be approximately 2 hours, depending on the catch.

    This event is open to all. Accompanied children are welcome, but no dogs please.

    There is no charge for this event but donations are welcome.