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Walks in the Local Area and Further Afield

Walks in the Local Area and Further Afield

A Trail Through Time

Until the mid 19th century this local corner of surrey was sparsely populated and rural. Change began with the opening of the Basingstoke Canal, followed by the building of the railways, and finally the arrival of the military camp at Aldershot.
The area has a long and interesting history and trails pass some buildings of historic interest and also sites associated with notable village characters.
There are three walks;
1. The Rail Trail – Ash, covers 2 miles and will take approximately 2 hours.
2. The Vale Trail – Ash Vale, covers 2 miles and will take approximately 2 hours.
3. The Treacle Trail – Ash Green and Tongham, covers 3 miles and will take approximately 2 hours.

To download a detailed guide and map of the above trails please click A Trail Through Time
Transported Through Ash

Transported Through Ash is an easy terrain 5 mile (8.5kms) circular walk exploring the suburbs around the Parish of Ash, linking the history of transport in the Blackwater Valley from the old railway path to the canal towpath and riverside path.

For full details of the walk, together with a map, please click Transported Through Ash.
Lakeside Nature Reserve

Lakeside Nature Reserve managed by Guildford Borough Council, is a 20 hectare park lying in the heart of the Blackwater Valley on the borders of Surrey and Hampshire to the west of the centre of Ash on Lakeside Road.

The woodland within the park is home to numerous species of birds, including woodpeckers, kingfishers and herons, butterflies and dragonflies and bats to name but a few.

There are two dedicated walks through the reserve, the longest of which takes about 30 minutes.

To find out more about the nature reserve please click Lakeside Nature Reserve.
The Blackwater Valley Path – Explore the Blackwater Valley

The River Blackwater forms part of the Ash Parish boundary running from the A331 roundabout at Aldershot to the Parish boundary to the north. The Blackwater Valley Path runs alongside the length of the River Blackwater. The path can be accessed from various points throughout the Parish.

The path runs a total length of 23 miles and provides a link to a wide variety of nature reserves, country parks, watersports facilities and various recreational areas. Full details can now be found in a 48 page booklet called Explore the Blackwater Valley.

Further details of the book can be found at Hantsweb.
The Basingstoke Canal

The Basingstoke Canal also runs through the heart of Ash Parish from the aquaduct over the A331 in the west to Mytchett Lake in the north. The Basingstoke Canal towpath can also be accessed from various parts of the Parish.

The canal runs from Greywell Village in Hampshire therough to Woodham in Surrey where it joins the River Wey. the canal is 37 miles (approx 59 kms) long with 29 locks, 69 bridges and a tunnel 1,230 years (approx. 1.1 kms).

For more information on the Basingstoke Canal click Basingstoke Canal
West Surrey Self Guided Walks

For detailed directions and map showing the route for walks in West Surrey please click on West Surrey Self Guided Walks
Walks Throughout Surrey

If you would like to travel further afield click on Walks Through Surrey for walks around the county.
Walks Around England

For walks in every county in England please click Walks Around England for full details.