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Lightwater Country Park

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Lightwater Country Park
Author: DebbieK, Published: 15 Jun 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Surrey,
Walk Type: Garden or park
Lightwater Country Park
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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Lightwater Country Park is situated on the edge of Lightwater Village and extends to 59 hectares.

The Country Park is predominately heathland habitat, but there are also ponds, woodland, shrubs and lowland bog. These habitats offer the opportunity to observe a wide variety of wildlife, birds, mammals, plants and insects.

Dog walkers should note that due to the ground nesting birds in the heath, dogs are to be kept on leads from 1st March – 31st July for a small section of the walk. There are no stiles or gates and just one fairly steep but short climb up a stepped woodland path near the start. There are toilets available at the start of the walk. Approximate time 1 hour.

Lightwater Country Park is just off Junction 3 of the M3 motorway between the villages of Bagshot and Lightwater. From Guildford and Bracknell it is signed off the A322. Postcode: GU18 5RG. Park in the car park just beyond the toilet block.

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Walk Sections

Start to High Curley Hill
Start to High Curley Hill

Start point: 51.3513 lat, -0.684 long
End point: 51.3465 lat, -0.6914 long

On leaving the car park, walk back down the road, past the toilet block. At the T-Junction with the main access road, cross over to the orange topped marker opposite. With your left handside to the marker, look straight on and you’ll see another orange topped marker post in front of you within the start of the trees. Follow this path.

Walk through this wooded area until you reach another car park at the far end. Cross over the car park, keeping to the left hand side and take the left most of the paths exiting the car park.

Pass by a multi tiered weir on the right. When you reach a large tree and a fork in the path, take the left hand fork as it dips and then extends up the hill, following the purple topped marker.

Continue up the hill, climbing some steep steps to the top. Take some time at the top of High Curley Hill to take in the views of Windsor Great Park and the surrounding area.

High Curley Hill to Heathland
High Curley Hill to Heathland

Start point: 51.3465 lat, -0.6914 long
End point: 51.3512 lat, -0.6907 long

Continue for a few paces past the view point then turn right, down the hill following the purple topped marker.

Please note that dogs shuld be kept on leads within this section of the walk from 1st March – 31st July.

At the bottom, follow the path straight on climbing gently until you reach a park bench. At the bench turn right going back down the hill.

Keep following the purple markers as you head towards the motorway through the heathland. Swing round to the right and at the fork continue right back into the heath.

Heathland to Hammonds Pond
Heathland to Hammonds Pond

Start point: 51.3512 lat, -0.6907 long
End point: 51.3525 lat, -0.6824 long

Continue forward until you reach the T Junction – turn left following purple and orange marker.

Continue straight with the playing field on the right. Dogs are allowed off leads at this point.

Follow the path along. Take the curve to the right, following the orange marker, to cross over some wooden sleepers then turn immediatley left. Follow the natural curve round to the left. Cross over a sleeper to reach Hammonds Pond.

Hammonds Pond to Stone waterfall
Hammonds Pond to Stone waterfall

Start point: 51.3525 lat, -0.6824 long
End point: 51.3515 lat, -0.681 long

Follow the path with the pond to your left. Cross the bridge over the inlet. Follow the curve of the pond to the left until you reach a dead end.

The gap in the bushes provides a beautiful view across the pond at this point, where you can see an amazing array of water lilies during the summer months.

Turn right away from the pond and continue through the woodland, following the orange marker. At the T junction, turn right. When you reach the crossroads, continue ahead, then follow the curve to the left as you see a small pond to your right. Continue along this path.

Before you reach the metal gate ahead, take the path to the right towards the pond and a number 11 marker for the nature trail. Follow the pond around to the right and cross over the small waterfall via the bridge.

Stone waterfall to End
Stone waterfall to End

Start point: 51.3515 lat, -0.681 long
End point: 51.351 lat, -0.6837 long

On crossing the waterfall, continue along the path until you reach the T-Junction with the toilet block on the left.

Turn right at the T-Junction and continue for a few paces back to the car park.

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7 responses to "Lightwater Country Park"

If you are new to walking and like us undertaking it for health reasons the hill mentioned in the text is VERY steep.

There is a path alongside the steps, you might find this easier. The steps are high in places and the walk can be likend to climbing.

I would suggest getting used to walking distances before tackling this one.

I have no hesitation giving it 3 boots.

By Coachman on 2014-01-27 20:56:23

I regularly walk this route with my dog and I love it. The hill at the start is a bit steep, but really not a problem for someone with average fitness - it isn't very far and the views from the top are well worth a little bit of effort. The rest of the route is very easy walking. I think the difficulty grade of 2 boots is correct.

The ponds are really beautiful and there's always plenty to see on the way round with lots of birds both in the heathland and on the lakes. Highly recommended - thank you.

By myway on 2014-02-18 12:15:08

A nice walk but I agree with Coachman that the hill near the start is VERY steep as are some of the steps. My wife really struggled with them. Her suggestion is to do the walk in the opposite direction.

By andysyms on 2015-04-04 13:32:22

Lovely walk. Varied and interesting.
But for me it was spoilt by the constant noise from the nearby M3.

By Skm23435 on 2015-06-10 16:12:20

Nice walk but very spoilt by the M3 noise!!

By emgemxz on 2016-03-06 14:55:10

Nice setting, relatively quiet (apart from the M3 noise indeed). A must if you're in Bagshot.

By dlkhain on 2016-04-08 16:09:49

This app has totally changed my life, i absolutely love it. I did this walk yesterday, what a beautiful walk it is, i thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely do it again, in fact i met an older gentleman who was on his 100 and something time there!! My sister and daughter cant wait to come along. The noise mentioned about the motorway is negligible and for me did not detract from the overall walk at all, the view from the top was stunning!!

By Denise57 on 2016-08-24 09:55:01

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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This panorama picture was taken using my iPhone on 28 December 2014. It ws such a sunny clear day. It was possible to see the arch of Wembley stadium and the planes taking off from Heathrow.
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