Blackwater Valley Nature Walks

Published April 2022
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Discover nature in the Blackwater Valley!

This great range of 35 leisure walks is aimed at helping people get out in the fresh air and enjoy a healthy connection to nature.
Whether you want to find birds, butterflies, flowers, trees, mammals or all of them, there are walks to enjoy!
The circular walks are all in the wider Blackwater Valley area, on the borders of Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire and suitable for people of all fitness levels.
All walks have detailed maps, step by step guidance, nature notes and some stunning photographs. Car parking and public transport guidance is included.
The book has been carefully designed so you can easily fold the pages back and carry it open. Although not totally waterproof it is laminated and can resist spots of rain. It is A5 size so small enough for a backpack.
Let this book fill your days with ideas to bring health and happiness!


Family friendly nature walks in the Blackwater Valley


Explore the Blackwater Valley area countryside, find birds, butterflies, wildflowers and lots of nature on these self-guided (usually) circular walks.

  • How to get there,
  • Where to park
  • Buses and trains
  • Maps
  • Distances
  • Step by step guides


And remember walking is good for fitness and mental health.

Take the kids out to enjoy activities and show them how great nature really is!

 We will be regularly adding country walks around our area so keep coming back to visit us.

This website was created by Colin Wilson,  a local resident for 30 years and, for 15 years, a Trustee of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust. Everything on the website is free (except for the new book of walks and some guided walks and events), his wish is to introduce people and especially families with kids to the wonders of nature on our doorstep. 

The attractive routes vary in length and difficulty from just over a mile to over ten miles so you will find some for you and your fellow walkers.

Some of the sights and things you can find are illustrated with my own photos on these pages. Most of the birds were photographed by Brian Slade or Brian Winter , Dave Rimes or Jerry O'Brien to whom I am very grateful. Other images are by Alan Holmes and Paul Richards (insects, butterflies and dragonflies). All are copyright.


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