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Lakeside Park

LOCALITY: Aldershot, Hampshire
DISTANCE: 2 miles (3.22 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs

GRADIENT: Mostly flat
TERRAIN: Easy
OS MAP: Guildford & Farnham

Walk description:

The 20 hectare park owned by Guildford Borough Council is situated in the Blackwater Valley. The main access is from Lakeside Road in Ash or by using the Blackwater Valley Path between the Basingstoke Canal and Lakeside Road railway bridge.

To find the park on Lakeside Road drive north along Vine Street in Ash until you come to Lakeside Road on your left. Turn left here, drive under the bridge, and shortly you will come to Lakeside Park on your left. Drive through the yellow and white gateway and turn right in to the car park.

At the end of this parking area is a small wooden bridge. Walk across the bridge and go along a compact path. You will walk past a wooden post with trails written on it.

Walk through the trees until you come to a T junction in the path. Follow the path around to the right. The path is now compact stone and grass. Keep following the path around to the left. There is a sign post for Blackwater Valley Path. Continue along the path, which has water on both sides. The path then becomes tarmac.

Just before the pond on your left, there is a path on your left. Turn left here and walk along a path with water on both sides of the path. Follow the path around to the left and walk through a tree lined path.

Walk past the bench on your left and you will come to a fork in the path. If you turn left, this will take you back to the car park. When you get back to the car park if you wish to continue walking, turn right, and walk along the waterside. Part of this following route is uneven, so more difficult for wheelchair users.

Follow the path and you will come to a small uphill slope. Go up this and walk to the end of the path.

Turn right along a compact path and you will see a large metal gate in front of you. Turn right just before the gate down a slightly uneven path. Walk along the path and cross five wooden bridges and you will come to a turning on your right. This is sign posted back to the car park.


Additional notes:

When you are at Lakeside Park you have two options:

1) Follow the circular route above which is wheelchair and buggy friendly.

or

2) Follow the Blackwater Valley Footpath which runs for 33kms along the length of the BlackWater River and of this 11km is accessible for Wheelchair and Buggy users.

For more information please refer to www.blackwater-valley.org.uk.





10/03/2008 | Walk posted by Admin Team

Walks With Buggies User Reviews

lakeside Park

27/04/2009 | Reviewed by cathy nettley

A pleasant walk around the lake. I followed the route above. The terrain is suitable for buggy users.
Wheelchair users may find the second part a little more difficult as uneven in places. I did not try the
Blackwater valley footpath.

Plesant Lakeside Walk

21/08/2010 | Reviewed by Helen Lawrence

This was a plesant walk around the nature reserve and lakes. There is also a play area at the beginning, but
the equiptment is mostly suitable for older children. There was plenty of easy parking in the large car
park.
The first part of the walk was most suited to pushchairs, whereas the second half was quite bumpy
with an uneven surface (a bit of a boneshaker as we don't have an 'off-roader')- including some tree roots and
tree stumps which needed negotiating. It was also a little overgrown around the bridges so there is some
pushing aside of plants to do here.
Nevertheless, it was a nice way to spend 20 minutes and good to get
a bit of fresh air.