WALKS


If you are a keen walker and want to pass on enjoyable and interesting walks to others in the area let us know. email community@fleethants.com


NORTH EAST HAMPSHIRE
RAMBLERS ASSOCIATION

The North East Hampshire group of the Ramblers Association is based in the Farnborough, Aldershot and Fleet area and is the local group of the Hampshire area of the Ramblers Association covering Rushmoor and Hart districts. Walks are open to all members of the Ramblers Association. The group now has over 400 members. A regular programme of walks is held in the local area and also further afield. Walks are held at weekends, on both Saturdays and Sundays and also mid-week. During the summer, evening walks are also held. Both short walks (half day) and longer walks (full day) are offered. The club also does long distance walks, which have included the St Swithun's Way, The Thames Path and the Surrey Hills Challenge.

The group has an active social programme, particularly centred around the annual group walking holiday, the October weekend.

Visitors from other Ramblers Association groups are always welcome to walk with us. New members are welcome to walk with us twice but, after this, they are expected to join the Ramblers Association.

Further Information


For further information, please see our website click here

 


Hart Health Walks

Adults of all ages and fitness levels welcome
No specialist walking gear required
Walks last between 50-60 mins
One short weekly walk between 10-30 mins is also available
At the end of the walks a chat and refreshments are available

website for details

or phone Karen on 01252 815652

or email admin@hartvolaction.org.uk 


Hart Countryside Walks
email: countryside@hart.gov.uk
01252 623443

Dawn Chorus (beginners) 6am - 8am
When? Sunday 1 May 
Where? Fleet Pond

Join ranger Dave as he guides you through this beginners Dawn Chorus walk. Learn how to fine tune your ears to discover more on your woodland walks. By the end, you should be able to recognise 4 common species bird song.

Bring plenty of warm clothing.

£3.50 per person

History walk 10am - 12noon
When? Monday 9 May
Where? Hartley Wintney

Join Nick as he takes you on a tour of Hartley Wintney. The route will cover one half of the Hart history trail. Nick will expand on landmarks such as the Mild May Oaks and the newly restored Pill Box. 

At the end of your walk, should you wish, you will receive a copy of Harts history leaflet. Allowing you to complete the second half of the walk at your own leisure.

£3.50 per person

Wildlife Day 11am - 3pm
When? Sunday 5 June
Where? Fleet Pond

Join us for this very popular free event at Fleet Pond. Drop in anytime between 11am – 3pm.  Many of the stalls are interactive, offering educational activities and hands-on learning including bug hunting, butterfly kites and pond-dipping.

Even though the event is free, don’t leave your purse at home as there will be stalls selling various wildlife related items.

Refreshments such as tea and coffee will be available as well as delicious food available to buy from the Chieftain Explorer Scouts. Car parking is VERY LIMITED at Fleet Pond, so we are asking local visitors to leave their car at home and take a leisurely stroll to the site for a full ‘back to nature’ day.

The event will be sign posted from all access points around the reserve pointing you in the direction of the stalls, so if you walk through Chestnut Grove or Wellington Avenue, we will be easy to find.

Free event - Dogs welcome on a lead - suitable for all ages!

Butterflies and Reptiles 10am - 12noon
When? 9 July (Saturday, not Sunday as stated in calendar)
Where? Hazeley Heath  

Join Hart’s Biodiversity Officer on a Butterfly and Reptile walk around the beautiful Hazeley Heath. Hazeley Heath is a Special Protection Area for its bird life but it is also home to an amazing array of butterflies including the beautiful Silver Studded Blue.

Booking essential - no dogs please - the route is along uneven ground so is not suitable for wheelchairs or push chairs.

£3.50 per person

Damselfly and Dragonfly walk 2pm - 4:30pm
When? Sunday 24 July
Where? Elvetham Heath

Join dragonfly expert Tony Mundell on a walk around Elvetham Heath.  Marvel at the amazing array of dragonflies and damselflies. Suitable for all ages.

£3.50 per person

Bushcraft 10am - 12pm
Where? Fleet Pond, Brookley Wood
When? July 26

Could you make a fire without matches, find north without a compass, or purify water with just a plastic bottle? Let's get hands on and mucky and learn some wilderness skills. Dare to discover just how much fun being outside can be.

Suitable for ages 8+. Must be accompanied by an adult.

£3.50 per person

Family pond dipping and Bug hunting 10am - 12pm
Where? Fleet Pond
When? 2 and 25 August

Come and explore Fleet Pond. We will be hunting for bugs in the woods using nets to find out what creatures live in the pond. We will enter the world of the mini beasts allowing you to see the pond from a very different, microscopic point of view. You might be surprised just quite how much lives out there.

Suitable for all ages - children must be supervised.

£3.50 per person

Den building 2pm - 4pm
Where? Fleet Pond
When? Wednesday 10 August

Let’s get back to basics and make a den, we’ll split up into teams and see who can make the best den using materials that can found around Fleet Pond.  Points will be given for structure, furnishings and water resistance! 

All children must be supervised by an adult. 

£5 per child

Bat Walks 7:30pm - 9pm
Where? Fleet Pond
When? Friday 2 September and Saturday 10 September

Going a bit batty being stuck indoors? Join Hart’s Countryside rangers on a stroll around Fleet Pond. We will be using bat detectors in the nature reserves, at night! Find out all about these fascinating flying mammals and other nocturnal creatures that only become active after dusk.

£3.50 per person

Bat Walks 7:30pm- 9pm

Where? Odiham Common
When? Saturday 3 September

Going a bit batty being stuck indoors? Join Hart’s Countryside rangers on a stroll around Odiham common. We will be using bat detectors in the nature reserves at night! Find out all about these fascinating flying mammals and other nocturnal creatures that only become active after dusk.

£3.50 per person

Fungi Walk 2pm - 4pm
Where? Odiham Common
When? 9 October  

Come for a walk around the majestic Odiham Common. Join Mike Waterman, a retired rocket scientist who became interested in fungi after moving to the area. He is a life member of the British Mycological Society, and belongs to two local fungus recording groups (West Weald and Thames Valley).

£3.50 per person

Halloween Walk 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Where? Fleet Pond
When? Friday 28 October

Wear your scariest costume and carve a pumpkin! Then, together we will dare to venture around the eerie Fleet Pond exploring the dark with our lanterns. We dare you to complete our challenge; I wonder just what you'll find?

£5 per child



 

Fleet and Crookham Local History Walks

Historic local walks with historic information along the route 

Visit www.fclhg.hampshire.org.uk 


Fleet Pond Walks and Activities

Phone 01252 623443

Easter Walk - Fri 10 April and Saturday 11 April 10.00 to 14.00. £3 per person. Meet in picnic area.

Wildlife Day - Sat 30 May 10.00 to 14.00. Free. Many stalls and activities. Limited Parking.

Bug Hunting and Pond Dipping - Wed 5 and Tues 25 Aug 10.00 to 12.00. £3.50 per child.

Den Building -  Thurs 13 Aug 14.00 to 16.00. £5 per child

Bat Walks - Fri 4 Sep, Sat 12 Sep, Sun 13 Sep 19.00 to 21.00. £3.50 per person.

Halloween Walk - Fri 30 Oct 4.30 to 6.30 £5 per child

 


NATURE RESERVE at ELVETHAM HEATH

Lantern walk - Elvetham Heath - 20 Dec - 5pm to 7pm - donations

This walk took place before the reserve was completed around 10 years ago.

click here to see a video of what the reserve looks like now

INTRODUCTION:

Over the past two years, work has been progressing on a nature reserve and walk in the new Elvetham Heath Estate..

Access through the reserve is via a series of marked routes. These will take visitors through all the main habitat types where the associated birds, animals and plants can be identified with the aid of helpful interpretation boards. 

The prime objective in creating the nature reserve is to preserve and enhance the local habitat both an ecological resource and a place for people to enjoy.

What makes this nature reserve different to many others is that the area has not been left alone, ecological experts have helped create heath lands and other habitats which are typical of the locality.

A nature reserve manager has been appointed who will focus on the long term management of the reserve and monitoring of the habitats.

 

 

 

THE WALK by The Webmaster and his Daughter

There are no parking facilities provided at the Nature Reserve, this is to encourage walking and cycling. Visitors should park in the Village Square (The Key) or the Park and Ride Car Park and walk along Elvetham Heath Way or Turners Way.

Taking the Elvetham Heath Way route the first point we reached was Turners Pond which is fully landscaped incorporating footpaths, boardwalks and seating areas. At the ponds edge is a floating duck-house which is the home to four pairs of ducks. The ducks house will be gradually moved further and further towards the centre of the pond to ensure that the ducks settle into their new surroundings. We could not see any fish in the pond.

At this point there are a number of alternative paths to take all of which are clearly marked.

We decided to take the path at the point where Turners Drain meets Turners Pond and started walking through the wetlands on beautifully constructed boardwalks.

To the left is managed woodland and on the right mire community. The many dragonflies seemed to love resting on the surfaces of the boardwalks.

 

Further on we saw many areas of humid heath and rush pasture

Crossing the cycle way and through some gates we leave the wetlands and boardwalks behind and continue on footpaths through more humid heath land. As we progressed we could start to hear the motorway which was a bit sad in such otherwise peaceful surroundings. The motorway noise grew louder and we observed that throughout the walk we had neither seen or heard any birds.

Looping round the path we came to the point where work was still progressing so we started on our way back the same way as we came.

We saw many log piles. These stacks of cut logs should create habitats suitable for basking reptiles, invertebrates, small mammals and some birds. There are also three hibernation shelters located around the reserve to provide an ideal habitat for hibernating reptiles such as the common lizard, grass snakes and mining bees. Unfortunately we saw none of the above creatures.

We did however observe many differing flowers throughout the walk.

On our way back to the pond we noted that there was a lot of what looked like oil in the wetland waters. This is naturally occurring on acidic heathland soils, it's to do with the peat and often gets mistaken for spilt oil.

       

Returning to the boardwalks we also saw that the vegetation had started to grow through the slats between the timbers and thought that without continued maintenance the path would soon become very overgrown.

There were many varied trees and felt that notices regarding the types of tree would have been very useful. Throughout the walk we did not see any information regarding the habitats, species and history of the land but understand that "interpretation boards" are to be provided to give such information

On returning to the pond we tried the short boardwalk across part of the pond observing how fortunate the owners of houses built buy the pond were to have such a lovely peaceful location.

The walk had lasted approximately one and a quarter hours at a steady pace. We both enjoyed it but felt we should have seen more birds and animal life. We concluded that it was early days and the reserve needed time to settle and to mature. We shall return soon to see what progress has been made.