• Start: Frimley
  • End: Frimley
  • Country: England
  • County: Surrey
  • Type: Country
  • Nearest pub: El Pic (01276 670670)
  • Ordnance Survey: NULL
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Lakes, canals and wildlife greet you on this stroll around the Surrey borders...

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine September 2012

Lakes, canals and wildlife greet you on this stroll around the Surrey borders...

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Footnotes: all you need to know

Start: Frimley Lodge Park car park (free) Grid reference: TQ 888562 Map: Explorer map 145 Length of walk: A 5.5 mile walk that should take no more than three hours at an easy pace there are no stiles and no hills, but a few small roads to cross. Look out for birds, plants and insects along the way. Food/drink: El Pic (01276 670670) in neighbouring Camberley has been named in the top five Spanish restaurants in the country by Channel 4s The F Word or head to the former home of wildlife artist David Shepherd, Frimley Hall Hotel (0844 879 9110). While youre there: Camberley is home to two intriguing structures. The Obelisk, which is found at The Knoll, stands about 30 feet high but is originally thought to have been about 100 feet tall, while the famous Concrete Elephant found on the A30 is constructed entirely from concrete pipes. Route: Frimley Lodge Park, Basingstoke Canal, Guildford Road, The Hatches, Frimley Fishing and Angling club, Blackwater River, the Lake activity centre and Quays pub, Blackwater Valley Path, Gerrys Copse, Truemans End, Carrington Recreation Ground, Frimley Road, Mytchett Lake Road, Mytchett Place Bridge, Frimley Lodge Park Recommended by: Bob Hayward for Surrey Area Ramblers:

Viewpoint 1
Frimley Lodge Park is a 24-hectare site that was saved from development in the mid 1980s. The Basingstoke Canal runs along the eastern boundary with a towpath. Youll find plenty of open space, woodland, a cafeteria, miniature railway and even a pitch and putt golf course.

Viewpoint 2
Early on in this walk, you join the Basingstoke Canal. Flowing through Hampshire and Surrey, it originally ran from the Hampshire town of Basingstoke to its junction with the River Wey Navigation, 37 miles away. Today, 32 miles of the original navigation have been restored, from the Wey Navigation as far as North Warnborough in Hampshire, as a public amenity catering for boaters, walkers, canoeists, anglers and naturalists. It has 29 locks, all but one in Surrey. This walk later passes the Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre at Mytchett, where you can hire canoes.

Viewpoint 3
Frimley Green is probably most famous as the home of the Lakeside Country Club as well as the world professional darts championships.

Viewpoint 4
The Hatches is a site consisting of four former gravel pits, which have been restored to lakes and are popular with anglers. Its also an important area for wintering and migrating birds.

Viewpoint 5
The Blackwater Valley Footpath is a 23-mile long path following the River Blackwater from its source in the Rowhill Nature Reserve to Swallowfield and the confluence with the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The route is in the process of being developed by the Blackwater Valley Service.

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