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|The Tally Ho and Blackwater Valley|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 24 Aug 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|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.
|Start to New Mill Lane|
Start point: 51.357 lat, -0.8872 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.
|New Mill Lane to End|
Start point: 51.3592 lat, -0.9074 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.
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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 20 Jan 2015|
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 11 Oct 2015|
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