Circular Walk – Caesar’s Camp Aldershot - Saturday 20th May 2017
I can’t pretend to remember the route because I was walking with friends, but I’ve done too many walks with Paul to worry about where we are going because I always know we are going to get there safely, and back again. Paul pointed out interesting things on the way. Occasionally, there was a single high brick wall standing in the woodland, or a building of mysterious purpose, perhaps a stable? Paul said he could make up a story about giants living there in the past, but they were probably vestiges of activities by the army, which first came to Aldershot in 1854. Most interestingly, Paul showed us an ancient monument that is shown on maps, the earthworks called Bat’s Hogsty.
As we walked past a reservoir, where the locals (cows) showed no interest in us at all, there was a quick rain shower, but it didn’t last and most of the walk was done in cloudy weather with sunny intervals. Unfortunately, it was too cloudy for us to see the Shard or Canary Wharf from the top of Caesar’s Camp. What we did see, though, was Marilyn and Angus with the “tea trolley” and that familiar wheelbarrow full of cakes. Full marks to them for getting it all to the top, which can’t have been easy. After everyone had enjoyed their hot drinks and cakes, we all posed for a group photo.
As always, Paul had pre-walked the route, but a heavy rainstorm only a day or two before, had created a stream on the way down that we all had to cross. I was able to take some great action shots of our walk leader helping everyone across.Before we knew it, we were back at the Wellington Statue, having walked some 6 miles. Most of us climbed up to have a closer look at it and spent time reading the information boards before thanking Paul and our backmarker, Mike Burns.
This is the third of a number of circular walks BVCT is providing this year, all led by Paul, and which can be found by going to the BVCT web site – http://www.bvct.org.uk/events