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Yateley, Castle Bottom

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Yateley, Castle Bottom
Author: Geoff1, Published: 05 Apr 2013 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
Hampshire, Yateley
Walk Type: Woodland
Yateley, Castle Bottom
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A walk around a Nature Reserve that most people in Yateley do not know about, part of the way is around Blackbushe airfield (ex RAF Hartford Bridge), no stiles and only 2 kissing gates, a short steep decline and several hillocks to walk over, as it is a nature reserve it can be muddy and wet, with a decked walkway over some of the route as well, I have noted the worst part on the walk instructions, plenty of wildlife to spot if you're lucky. Cattle are grazed in the summer here, Nightjars, Dartford Warblers and Woodlarks nest here in season as well.

I have started this from Blackbushe Business Park (Approximate postcode GU46 6GG) as it gives plenty of parking, a bus route is only half a mile from here and if you look several other starting / stopping points are easy to make and I will point out where another lane can lead you into this walk, making this shorter but still leaving the whole of the nature reserve to go round.

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Start to 1
Start to 1

Start point: 51.3286 lat, -0.833 long
End point: 51.3278 lat, -0.8372 long

Crossing the road from the business park into the common either from the small path directly opposite or just down the road (north) where a wider way is, follow the pathways to the beginning of the old perimeter road just over a small earth bank. If you have reached the end of the live runway just back track a short way and go right, (I would say go right at the small oak but which one?!).

1 to 2
1 to 2

Start point: 51.3278 lat, -0.8372 long
End point: 51.3308 lat, -0.8515 long

Walk down this perimeter track 'til the end, turning left where the runway (old one) comes in from the left. Keep on the perimeter road towards the Go Cart track and the end of the second runway (old one again). This is a wide road with woods and common both sides - now depending on time of year and such, there will be plenty to see.Opposite the end of this second runway is a wide pathway into the common on your right, take this and follow it 'til the end and you will see a kissing gate into the reserve just over to your left, do NOT go in this gate, this is where you will come out later.
(I have taken you this way round as you will find it easier to go down the steep section than climb up it.)

2 to 3
2 to 3

Start point: 51.3308 lat, -0.8515 long
End point: 51.3289 lat, -0.8528 long

Just past the kissing gate you will come on the back end of the Go cart track, can be busy on race days. This decline is the steepest part of this walk, and just at the bottom is the bit that is most prone to be wet and boggy, this pathway goes around both the Car Auction site and the back of the Sunday Market area, although you will not see them only the tops of some buildings.

3 to 4
3 to 4

Start point: 51.3289 lat, -0.8528 long
End point: 51.3271 lat, -0.854 long

A short walk now follows to reach the right turn by the sign onto a temporary path, this is in better shape than the normal path. How long this is going to be temporary is not going to be a problem as gravel extraction is going to be going on here for years to come (as at 2013) .

4 to 5
4 to 5

Start point: 51.3271 lat, -0.854 long
End point: 51.3302 lat, -0.8652 long

This is a nice meandering path that goes up hill and down between the gravel extraction area and the common land. Last year (2012) a section of planted woods was cropped and taken away, I'll leave you to guess which bit this was but I think that the waste branches will give the game away for many years yet. The ponds on the left are where the water is kept that washes the gravel when it is sorted and left in these ponds to let the sand settle out - that is then sold on as sand. At the sharp left turn a second kissing gate will be found as will 2 more. You need to take the last of these, (if you want to make this walk shorter then use either of these.)

5 to 6
5 to 6

Start point: 51.3302 lat, -0.8652 long
End point: 51.331 lat, -0.8591 long

Into the reserve at last, this being through the kissing gate and coming back on yourself along the pathway. The path in front of you goes over the hill and is quite wide and smooth, just follow the main path over the bridge(??) and onwards, the higher land will be to your right and you will be slowly going round left towards a stream in the bottom of the reserve.

6 to Seat
6 to Seat

Start point: 51.331 lat, -0.8591 long
End point: 51.3312 lat, -0.8527 long

When you get to the top of the edged path going off to the left - take this and go down the steps and board walk across the stream. Turning right again and up the wooden walkway and path, a seat is waiting not far from the top for a sit down and rest as you enjoy the view back from where you have just walked.

Seat to Other start
Seat to Other start

Start point: 51.3312 lat, -0.8527 long
End point: 51.3317 lat, -0.8447 long

Onward to the kissing gate that you walked past before and back the way you came, throughout the wooded area and onto the perimeter track again. (At the end of the first runway that you came to is a path on your left with a large concrete block in it - if you wanted to shorten this walk, using this path will take you to a car park by the Red Cross Hall.)

Other start to End
Other start to End

Start point: 51.3317 lat, -0.8447 long
End point: 51.3287 lat, -0.8353 long

It's now all the way back to where you started.

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