A walk that takes you along paths and country lanes, through woodland, local villages and along the river.
About the walk
Start point: Aldershot Park car park, Guildford Road, Off Lower Farnham Road, Aldershot GU12 4BP. SU 877491
Distance: 10 km / 6 miles
Walk time: 3 hours
Terrain: Flat, with some slopes and uneven ground.
Rail to Trail: from Aldershot station, take East Station Road to St Michael's Road. Turn left then right into St Georges Road to enter Aldershot Manor Park. Follow the path through the Park with the High Street on the left, then exit and continue along the High Street / Ash Road. Turn right into Brighton Road, then left onto Orchard Way. Cross Lower Farnham Road into Guildford Road, at the end enter Aldershot Park to start the walk at point 1.
- 1. From the car park follow the main surfaced path to the left along the edge of the playing fields. At the end of the fields turn right to walk along the field boundary, this will take you to the Blackwater Valley Path.
- 2. Turn left to follow the Path past Tongham Pool. The Path emerges into a housing estate, leaving the Blackwater Valley Path turn right onto a surfaced path and go under the Blackwater Valley Road.
- 3. On emerging from the underpass turn right to pass through a metal gate and enter Tongham Community Wood. Follow the compacted gravel path straight through the site, then at the sharp bend turn left and continue along the route of the disused railway, to exit the wood at a metal gate.
- 4. After leaving the garage area turn right, then second right, down a dead-end road. Just before the farm entrance on the left turn into an area used for storage by Grange Farm, which is a public footpath. Go through the gate and over a stile into a paddock. Cross the field and exit at the stile on the far side.
- 5. At the road cross and continue to the right along the pavement on the opposite side. The road runs slightly uphill, passing the Hog's Back Brewery and then Tongham Ambulance Station, before passing under the A31 or Hog's Back. Pass under a second road then take the left fork of the pavement downhill away from the road. Descend to a dead-end road.
North Downs Way
- 6. Follow the road until you reach a crossroads, then take the public footpath across the road to the right. Continue several hundred metres across a drive, then on reaching a road turn left and proceed to join the North Downs Way at Blighton Lane.
- 7. Follow the road past the golf course and club house then turn right at the road junction. Look out for a left turn signed 'North Downs Way' opposite Swiss Cottage to cut through a wooded area. At the road turn left then right, still following the signs. Continue through the woodland, bordering houses. Turn right to stay on the North Downs Way.
- 8. When the Way turns to the left, continue straight on. On reaching the road turn right and then left at a footpath on a sharp right-hand bend. The route passes through a wooded area called Runfold Wood, which is managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust.
- 9. Follow the path and road through Runfold, going straight on at the first junction, then left at the second. Continue up the steps and turn right at the top to take you over the A31. Keep to the right after crossing over the road and then take the steps on the right, which lead down to a dead-end road alongside housing.
- 10. When you reach the main road turn right and continue towards Badshot Lea. Take the first right, , down Low Lane then right into Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve. Follow the footpath round the perimeter fence and turn left. Turn right at the T junction and cross the bridge. Turn right and stop for a while and climb the mound to the hide and see if you can view the birdlife. Go through the metal gate and turn right onto the path, keeping right along the paths.
Blackwater Valley Path back to the start
- 11. Just after the bridge over the river turn right to join the Blackwater Valley Path. Follow the Path, bordering the river, along the edge of fields and houses back to Aldershot Park. Turn left at the edge of the playing field to return to the car park.