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.


Pride of Blackwater Valley - our heaths!


Heath Pool, Simon's Wood

This website is free for everybody. Help to improve it and the things it can offer by making a small donation.

Thank you.