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The Tally Ho and Blackwater Valley

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The Tally Ho and Blackwater Valley
Author: pubwalker, Published: 24 Aug 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 The Tally Ho and Blackwater Valley Pub Walkstar1 The Tally Ho and Blackwater Valley Pub Walkstar1 The Tally Ho and Blackwater Valley Pub Walkstar0 The Tally Ho and Blackwater Valley Pub Walkstar0 The Tally Ho and Blackwater Valley Pub Walk
Hampshire, Eversley
Walk Type: River or lakeside
The Tally Ho and Blackwater Valley
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Tally Ho and Blackwater Valley Pub Walk boot The Tally Ho and Blackwater Valley Pub Walk
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A 2 mile circular pub walk from the Tally Ho in Eversley, in north-east Hampshire. The Tally Ho is a beautiful Hampshire farmhouse lovingly converted to a great pub with open fires in the winter and an enormous garden to enjoy in the summer. The short walk follows a section of the Blackwater Valley path, a long distance path which meanders alongside the River Blackwater, to reach the beautiful old ford, weir and mill at nearby Lower Common. If you wish, there’s chance to extend the walk by exploring Bramshill Forest at this point. The return leg follows a quiet lane and woodland footpath before joining the main road back to the pub. You’ll have chance to meet lots of horses in the paddocks along the way and enjoy the beautiful River Blackwater which is a haven for a variety of wildlife.

The walk is almost entirely flat and the paths can be a little overgrown in the summer and can get muddy after rain and in the winter. The route passes through three paddocks that are likely to be holding horses so take care with children and dogs. You will need to negotiate several gates, a long narrow footbridge and two stiles (both of which have open fencing surrounds which should be suitable for most dogs to pass through). Allow 1 hour.

Eversley is on the Berkshire/Hampshire border, on the A327 between Farnborough and Reading. The walk starts and finishes at the Tally Ho pub which can be found on the junction of the A327 Reading Road and B3348 Fleet Hill. The pub has a large car park alongside. Approximate post code RG27 0RR.

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Walk Sections

Start to New Mill Lane
Start to New Mill Lane

Start point: 51.357 lat, -0.8872 long
End point: 51.3592 lat, -0.9074 long

From the pub car park return towards the road and turn left across the grass triangle in front of the pub to reach the post holding the hanging pub sign alongside the road junction. Cross over the main Reading Road, taking care, and turn left along the pavement. You will cross over the River Blackwater and pass alongside the Hampshire boundary sign – the river forms the boundary between Berkshire and Hampshire along this stretch.

Keep ahead into Eversley Village. (The turning into the next footpath is fairly well concealed so take care to follow the next instruction carefully). Follow the pavement and pass the gateway entrance into Baker’s Farm on your right and after the curved hedge turn right immediately before the white brick and black wood converted barn, down a small concealed signed footpath. Pass through the gate and stay close to the white wall on the left. Keep left to join the grass footpath with a tall brick wall on the left and a hedgerow on the right.

Pass through the metal kissing gate ahead and follow the narrow grass path with fenced horse paddocks to the left. When you reach a T-junction with a tarmac lane, cross straight over to continue on the Blackwater Valley grass path opposite, with more horse paddocks to the left.

You’ll emerge to another kissing gate. Pass through this into a horse paddock and follow the path along the right hand field edge. At the far side pass through the metal kissing gate into the next paddock and, again, cross this following the right hand boundary. At the opposite side cross the wide footbridge via the pair of metal farm gates to reach the next paddock which contains a selection of horse jumps. Keep along the right hand edge of this field, through the next kissing gate and on in the same direction through the next paddock. Keep ahead through two more gates to reach a T-junction with New Mill Lane.

New Mill Lane to End
New Mill Lane to End

Start point: 51.3592 lat, -0.9074 long
End point: 51.3572 lat, -0.8883 long

(Should you wish to extend the walk, you can take the stone track at 10 o’clock which will lead you into Bramshill Forest which you can take time to explore before returning to this point). To follow the main walk, turn right out of the kissing gate and after a few paces you’ll reach a large ford.

Enjoy this idyllic scene, which is also a great place for a paddle in hot weather. Over the last 200 years the River Blackwater had suffered neglect but in recent years the water quality and banks have been improved. As a result fish stocks are improving and other wildlife has returned including otters.

Cross the ford via the long footbridge taking time to enjoy the views of the weir and old mill over to the right. At the far side of the bridge keep straight ahead on the quiet tarmac lane. Continue until you reach the side road called Forges Lane on the left. Turn right opposite this onto the signed footpath into woodland. Soon the path continues alongside a tall wooden fence on the left.

Cross the gravel driveway via a pair of stiles to continue on the pretty, long, dead straight woodland path with a tall fence on the right. You will emerge through a wooden gate (good luck with the elaborate catch!) to a T-junction with the main Reading Road. Turn right along the pavement.

On the right you’ll pass Horn’s Farm, a livery yard. Follow the pavement for some distance – the traffic can be quite fast moving so take care with children and dogs. As the road bends hard right, cross over with extreme care to reach the Tally Ho for some well earned hospitality.

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2 responses to "The Tally Ho and Blackwater Valley"

Did this short but pretty walk today - mid January. Some lovely wanderings and the river/ford/bridge was pretty when frosty. Many of the wintry muddy paths were easy to walk because they had become hard frozen. However, be aware that the last footpath (mentioned on the last page of the plan here - before you return to the main road) was so very waterlogged that even after several days of freezing temperatures, it remained wet and deep! The largest puddle was about twenty feet long and fully the width of the path - it was probably 6 inches deep and incredibly soft mud for its length. We, two mid sixties ladies, decided to plod on regardless - even with well weathered walking shoes/boots we became muddied and soaked well above our ankles! That last footpath was treacherous for its entire length - no alternative routes as all linked paths were clearly marked Private/No Thoroughfare! The alternative to the soaking was a complete re-track of the entire walk! We're seasoned walkers and resigned to getting soaked - and squelched back to the Tally Ho. Of course we survived, and had a nice lunch - but perhaps the writers of other footpath guides could let future walkers know where mud turns to quaggy streams in some areas/some months - just so we can wear higher waterproof boots or avoid altogether until the dry season!

By LMS2110 on 2015-01-20 17:02:38

Very picturesque walk & nice to see lots of horses along the way. The mill is a lovely place to stop at & about half way. Easy to do & makes a nice afternoon short walk. Shame the last part of the walk is along a busy road.

By kgrim on 2015-10-11 20:46:00

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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