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|Yateley Common Circular|
|Author: Geoff1, Published: 18 Mar 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A short walk around Yateley Common, mostly off road and away from traffic. Watch for wildlife there is all sorts around if you look for it. |
No gates or stiles on this walk but there are a couple of pinch points. It's a common so the tracks are prone to weather, can be muddy and wet, but most of it is good walking with no steep hills to go up and down.
I have started this walk in the Blackbushe Business Park on Saxony Way in Yately, so parking of a car is easy. Approximate post code GU46 6GG. There is also a bus stop about half a mile down the road.
|Start to Entrance to Old Road|
Start point: 51.3286 lat, -0.8329 long
Leaving the Business Park (from Saxony Way) heading south, a footpath (track) goes through to Dungells Lane. Cross the road into the old road.
|Entrance to Old Road to Footpath entrance|
Start point: 51.3284 lat, -0.8325 long
Go through the pinch point at the side of the bar gate. Follow the old road surface into the common and down hill looking for the track on the left just before the bottom of the hill.
|Footpath entrance to Cross Cricket Hill|
Start point: 51.328 lat, -0.8301 long
Turn left to follow this path down and up the other side of the dip, this is the biggest hill to the walk. Keep going past any other tracks that are on either side until you come down to Cricket Hill Road, PLEASE TAKE CARE CROSSING HERE.
|Cross Cricket Hill to First track on right|
Start point: 51.3276 lat, -0.8247 long
Cross the road and go up the track in front of you, at the top of the rise a track goes off to the right - you need to turn right here. (Note: if you want to shorten this walk keep going on the main path until you reach the T junction and turn left rejoining just before the Cemetery.)
|First track on right to Turn right|
Start point: 51.3274 lat, -0.823 long
This track is a narrow path but has some wildlife to see from it sometimes. You are walking back towards the A30 and the Ely Pub, but not quite to it.Continue ahead and then keep right at the fork (waypoint 5).
|Right Turn to Left Turn|
Start point: 51.3252 lat, -0.8196 long
Follow the track for and enjoy the common. I saw deer while doing this walk today, all sorts of birds are around here, depending on time and season. Keep left at the corner at waypoint 6.
|Left Turn to Cemetery|
Start point: 51.3249 lat, -0.8178 long
This is a wide path sandy and warm, a great place to see nightjars in season. I use the electric poles here to keep my bearings as they can be seen from a long way. Continue along the path for some distance until you reach the cemetery.
|Cemetery to Wyndham's Pool|
Start point: 51.3303 lat, -0.8177 long
I'll not make the OLD jokes about the dead centre... oops!
|Wyndham's Pool to Second Pool|
Start point: 51.3305 lat, -0.8204 long
I can not think what the kids of today would think about going swimming in here but that is what it was built for.... not sure I want to go fishing but the locals spend lots of time here trying to catch a big one.
|Second Pool to Cross Cricket Hill again|
Start point: 51.3305 lat, -0.8223 long
Passing in front of the first pool climb the path to the right of the car park (you could start from here instead) and follow down and across the front of the second pool, out to Cricket Hill again, take care crossing.
|Cross Cricket Hill again to Bridle path|
Start point: 51.3309 lat, -0.823 long
Just a short walk across the road into the common and down the track the gorse has grown fantastically after a fire 2 years ago (2011). Look out for a Bridle path to the left.
|Bridle path to Right Turn back on towards the start|
Start point: 51.332 lat, -0.824 long
At the bridal path turn left and follow this ALL the way along, past the houses, and on back into the wood area, on to reach the path you came down on the outward leg. Turn right onto this path.
|Right Turn back towards the start to End|
Start point: 51.3278 lat, -0.8289 long
Now simply retrace your steps to the start. Go back up the hill going through the pinch point on the old road, cross Dungells Lane and back into the business park.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author Geoff1 and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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