There are currently 1 comments and 0 photos online for this walk.
|Yateley Common Pond Trail|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 29 Mar 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular walk around Yateley Common in Hampshire. Yateley Common is a mix of woodland and heathland and home to a wealth of wildlife. This route leads you around several of the paths and bridleways through the heart of the common, discovering the three main ponds within the common. |
The walk has just a few gentle gradients. The paths and bridleways can get muddy at times so good boots are a must, or wellies in the winter months. There are no gates or stiles on route, but you will need to negotiate a few steps and some boardwalks. Dogs are welcome on the common throughout the year, but please keep them on the paths from March to July in order to protect the ground nesting birds. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
The walk starts and finishes at the free Gravel Pit Pond Car Park which is accessed directly off the A30, just west of Blackwater. The post code GU17 0AE will take you to the roundabout at the edge of Blackwater, between the A30 and the B3272. From this point, take the A30 west (away from Blackwater) and follow it for just 0.5 miles. Immediately after the sign which marks 200yds to the carriageway narrowing, turn right (crossing the central reservation) to enter the car park (via the 2m height barrier).
|Start to Stroud Lane Car Park|
Start point: 51.3275 lat, -0.7978 long
Standing in the car park, with your back to the vehicle entrance, you will see a wide vehicle track ahead. Do NOT take this, instead walk diagonally left (at about 10 o’clock) across the parking area to join the narrower path between wooden bollards, which runs parallel to the vehicle track across to your right. A few paces along you will see the first of the common ponds on your left, Gravel Pit Pond. This was created when material was quarried from this site to build the A30.
|Stroud Lane Car Park to Gorse Wide Fork|
Start point: 51.3262 lat, -0.8059 long
Go straight ahead through the parking area to join the narrow path directly in front of you. Follow this narrow path meandering through the gorse and woodland for some distance, following two sections of boardwalks along the way. Just after the second boardwalk, you will pass a paddock up on the bank to your right and then reach a three-way fork. Take the middle branch, which leads you uphill, past a wooden pylon (on your right) and on to reach a fork at the edge of heath.
|Gorse Wide Fork to Jesse Cottage|
Start point: 51.3252 lat, -0.8196 long
Keep left at this fork, and follow the bridleway steadily uphill. At the crossroads turn right, as marked by the blue arrow. Pass under the power lines and, 40 metres later, turn left (marked with the blue arrow).
|Jesse Cottage to Heathlands Cemetry|
Start point: 51.3286 lat, -0.8218 long
Just a few paces beyond the cottage, fork right to join a woodland path and you will emerge to a grass clearing. Walk straight ahead through this grass area, passing a parking area on your left and the next (and largest) pond, Wyndham Pool, on your right.
|Heathlands Cemetry to Stroud Pond|
Start point: 51.3304 lat, -0.8176 long
Walk ahead for a few paces (towards the cemetery gates) and then turn right to join the wide track leading you back into the heathland. Keep ahead on this main wide track for some distance, passing paddocks across to your left. Follow this path until you reach a junction with three wooden pylons at its centre.
|Stroud Pond to End|
Start point: 51.3268 lat, -0.8086 long
When you have finished at this final pond, turn round and walk back a few paces into the junction of multiple paths (between the holly bushes). Turn left to join the sandy bridleway leading you uphill. Stay with the main path ahead, which levels off and leads you through woodland. You will emerge out to the gravel access track, Stroud Road. (You will recognise this junction from the outward leg).
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Watch your step, lots of dog poo!
|By Phil136 on 2016-08-21 22:14:21|
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.
Powered by World Weather Online.
I want to congratulate you on your web site/app performance, quick, reliable and easy to use. I have similar walking apps with OS Maps and ViewRanger but yours is best.
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!!
So far I have downloaded 5 walks and completed 3 of them, tomorrow will be No 4. I love your website The walk descriptions are the best I have used in the last six years of rambling since I retired. This is a website I would be more than happy to pay a subscription for, instead I'll donate a sum to my favourite charity. THANK YOU.
Have deleted Pokemon Go and downloaded @ifootpathuk which is much more 'me'
I love the illustrated descriptions of each walk section. Really helps to enjoy the walk and get to know something about what I'm seeing. So much better than apps that only provide GPS co-ordinates and no photos or description. Love it!
After trying out numerous other apps I came across this one: way ahead of any of the others in every way. Much more accurate and very easy to use with great features. Would highly recommend it as THE app to use for walking.
Just wonderful, with walks for everyone: the fit, the not-so-fit, short walks, long walks, through woods, up hills (and down).
I highly recommend it, as my mum and I use it to go for walks and finish by eating at a pub. Its detailed and sometimes humorous instructions lead us easily to our destination. Also, to top this, it has interesting facts about the area we're walking in
I don't review much but this app deserves it. Downloaded some really good walks and the combination of the good descriptions and the really useful map of the walk showing where you are make it a brilliant tool. Well done and keep up the good work.
Very enjoyable and well described route. Views over the river from the warren were stunning.
Fantastic walk and amazing views. Great directions though I followed the GPS map mainly
Great walk, instructions were very detailed, perfect!
This may be the best walk I've ever done. It was certainly the best directions.
Even on a cold windy day with it trying to snow this was still an excellent walk. We managed it with our 2 children of 5 yrs and one in a all terain pram (a defo no no with a normal pram). Will be doing this one again in the summer.
Used app while visiting (it was great!)--live in Texas. Thanks!
Your app and walks are a dream to use
Did this walk this morning with our three little girls and we all love it. Great day outdoor!