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The Tally Ho Bramshill and Blackwater Trail

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The Tally Ho Bramshill and Blackwater Trail
Author: Pub Walker, Published: 07 Feb 2018 Walk Rating:star1 The Tally Ho Bramshill and Blackwater Trail Walking Guide star1 The Tally Ho Bramshill and Blackwater Trail Walking Guide star1 The Tally Ho Bramshill and Blackwater Trail Walking Guide star1 The Tally Ho Bramshill and Blackwater Trail Walking Guide star0 The Tally Ho Bramshill and Blackwater Trail Walking Guide
Hampshire, Eversley
Walk Type: River or lakeside
The Tally Ho Bramshill and Blackwater Trail
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Tally Ho Bramshill and Blackwater Trail Walking Guide boot The Tally Ho Bramshill and Blackwater Trail Walking Guide
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A 4.5 mile circular pub walk from the Tally Ho in Eversley, on the border between Berkshire and 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 walk follows a section of the Blackwater Valley Path, a long-distance path which meanders alongside the River Blackwater, then continues through the beautiful Bramshill Forest, before returning via the pretty old ford, weir and mill at Lower Common. 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. The paths are mostly unmade and can be a little overgrown in the summer and can get very muddy after rain and in winter (when wellies are recommended). The route passes through several paddocks that are likely to be holding horses, so take care with children and dogs. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, some sleeper bridges, a staggered barrier and a long, narrow footbridge over the ford. On the main loop, there is just one low stile (which has a wide and tall gap for dogs to pass through). There is an optional detour to visit a tranquil fishing lake, and this stretch includes an additional five stiles (ten if you count there and back), all of which have gaps in the fences suitable for most dogs. Allow 2 to 2.5 hours.

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.

Walk Sections

Start to New Mill Lane
Start to New Mill Lane

Start point: 51.3569 lat, -0.8868 long
End point: 51.3593 lat, -0.9073 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.

Continue to follow the narrow grass path, later with fenced horse paddocks on your 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.

Eventually you will come to a kissing gate ahead. Pass through this into a horse paddock and follow the path along the right-hand field edge. (NOTE: There may be temporary electric fencing across the footpath within any of the following paddocks - to open the fence, simply unhook the insulated plastic handles at the end of the tapes, walk through and then replace the handles). At the far side pass through the metal kissing gate into the second paddock and, again, cross this following the right-hand boundary. At the opposite side cross the embankment bridge, via a kissing gate and wide metal gate, to reach the third paddock. 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 a staggered barrier and two more gates to reach a T-junction with New Mill Lane.

New Mill Lane to Well House Farm
New Mill Lane to Well House Farm

Start point: 51.3593 lat, -0.9073 long
End point: 51.3626 lat, -0.9212 long

If you glance to your right here, you see the footbridge across the beautiful ford, which we will visit later on the walk. For now, take the track at about 10 o’clock, a gravel driveway which leads you past the entrance gates for The Old Chapel and Brook Cottage both on your right. Keep ahead to pass a vehicle barrier at the forest edge and, immediately afterwards, turn right to cross two sleeper bridges in quick succession.

Continue on the woodland footpath, with garden boundaries to your right. You will emerge via another footbridge to reach a T-junction with a stone path (with power lines running along it). Turn right onto this stone path and follow it as it swings left, passing a pylon immediately on your right. Continue on the obvious path which winds along the edge of Bramshill Forest, with woodland to your left and fenced fields across to your right.

Stay along the forest boundary path and after 0.6 miles you will see a metal vehicle barrier on your right. Fork right to pass alongside this and then turn left to join the tarmac access lane. Continue just a short distance to reach the entrance drives for Bramshill Stud and Well House Farm both on your right.

Well House Farm to Fishing Lake Detour
Well House Farm to Fishing Lake Detour

Start point: 51.3626 lat, -0.9212 long
End point: 51.3628 lat, -0.9176 long

Turn right here and cross the (low and open) stile, then follow the gravel farm driveway ahead. As you reach a vehicle gate ahead, pass just to the left of this to join the enclosed footpath between a fence and a wall. The path winds ahead, eventually emerging from the fences to cross a pretty stretch of the River Blackwater (leading us back into Berkshire). About 60 paces after the river crossing, you will see a stile on your left, at which point you have two choices.

If you wish to include the optional part of the walk to visit a pretty fishing lake (with five stiles each way), continue reading in this section. However, if you would prefer to avoid this branch of the walk, skip to the next section now.

To visit the lake, turn left over the stile into the first horse paddock and cross this at about 1 o’clock. At the far side, take the stile-bridge-stile combination ahead to enter a second paddock and continue ahead along the left-hand boundary. In the corner, exit via another stile, cross the sleeper bridge and pass through the kissing gate into a third paddock. Walk ahead along the left-hand boundary, ignore the kissing gate onto the Blackwater Valley Path, instead continue along the edge of this third horse paddock. In the far left-hand corner, a stile leads you to a pretty fishing lake. Take time to enjoy this tranquil setting (although please respect any fisherman using the lake). When you have finished, retrace your steps back through the three horse paddocks to re-join the main path.

Fishing Lake Detour to River Footbridge
Fishing Lake Detour to River Footbridge

Start point: 51.3628 lat, -0.9176 long
End point: 51.36 lat, -0.9067 long

Standing on the main path (with the footpath which leads to the fishing lake on your left), walk straight ahead on the main path between hedgerows. Pass through the kissing gate ahead and follow the main enclosed path as it bends left to continue between trees. You will emerge to the end of a tarmac access track, known as Forges Lane.

Keep ahead to join this tarmac track and follow it, leading you around several bends and passing between a few farms and properties on each side. Just before you reach a T-junction, the track crosses a stream. Keep your eyes peeled here, as you may be lucky enough to spot the pair of white little egrets which frequent this stretch of stream.

At the T-junction, turn right to join New Mill Road and this will lead you to the pretty ford and footbridge on the River Blackwater. Cross the river via the long footbridge. Over the last 200 years the river 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. The ford gives an ideal place to cool feet and paws in the summer months and the grassy banks, old mill and footbridge create a lovely vista to enjoy.

River Footbridge to End
River Footbridge to End

Start point: 51.36 lat, -0.9067 long
End point: 51.3572 lat, -0.8872 long

At the far side of the bridge, just before you reach the track junction, you will see a kissing gate on your left (which you should recognise from the outward leg). From this point you will be retracing your steps back to the Tally Ho.

To do this, turn left through the kissing gate and follow the footpath through multiple horse paddocks, passing through several gates. Beyond the paddocks stretch, keep ahead on the path with horse paddocks to your right, crossing a tarmac track along the way. Eventually you will emerge out to a T-junction with the road in Eversley village. Turn left along the pavement, follow it over the river and then cross over the road with care to reach the Tally Ho for some well-earned hospitality.

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9 comments for "The Tally Ho Bramshill and Blackwater Trail"

Beautiful easy walk. Didn’t come across any electric fence. Walked to the lake which was idyllic. Lovely warm and sunny day too.

By jillturnbull on 02 Sep 2018

Lovely walk on a summer’s day. Though it’s nearer to 4 miles than 5 miles even accounting for the small fishing lake detour.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed the walk. As stated in the first sentence of the guide, the walk is 4.5 miles long (including the fishing lake loop) - this is measured accurately using GPS tracking calibrated to Ordnance Survey distances. Other Apps you use to measure your walks may be calibrated differently.

By Larry010 on 02 Sep 2018

Just to confirm that we did the walk today and the electric fences are not a problem - just unhook, walk through and re-hook them behind you. The detour to the fishing pond is very worthwhile, but does require climbing over several stiles, although all are in a good state and easily passed if you are reasonably fit. However the horses in the field that you cross are very friendly and inquisitive. Not a problem if you are ok with horses but might be a bit scary if you’re not comfortable with a horse coming over to give you a nuzzle.

By RobertHH on 04 Jul 2018

I completed this walk today, the electric fence everyone is referring to can be removed to pass. It has plastic handles on the two electric tapes that you unhook and then pass and then put back. No problem at all. A fabulous walk and would definitely recommend. Made even better by a lovely meal at the Tally Ho pub.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thank you so much for letting us know. We thought this might be the case and intended to make a long journey this week to visit the site and check - we really appreciate you letting us know and saving us the journey. We will update the walk directions with a note for future walkers.

By swyatt on 28 May 2018

Same here wish I had read the comments before. Paddock is still cut off so a complete waste of time.

ADMIN RESPONSE 28 May 2018: Another walker has kindly confirmed that the electric fencing has the regulation insulated plastic handles at the end, allowing walkers to unhook the fence and pass through safely. This is the standard design for a 'gate' within electric fencing so the landowner is not breaking any rules. We have added a note within the instructions to make sure novice walkers know how to operate the fence gate.

By colesmuppet on 28 May 2018

Wish I’d read the comments above before we set off... can confirm selfish landowner is still fencing off the public footpath with an electric fence! I got my map out and rejoined the walk further on though and it worked from there... Ali B and Chase the Spaniel

ADMIN RESPONSE 28 May 2018: Another walker has kindly confirmed that the electric fencing has the regulation insulated plastic handles at the end, allowing walkers to unhook the fence and pass through safely. This is the standard design for a 'gate' within electric fencing so the landowner is not breaking any rules. We have added a note within the instructions to make sure novice walkers know how to operate the fence gate.

By Alibecks on 22 May 2018

The path doesn’t have enough signage so we missed two turns and had to go back to find our way.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Remember to use the iFootpath App's live GPS map to help you navigate - this shows your live location on the route map as you walk and will prevent any missed turns.

By mashawondy on 20 May 2018

Disappointed as the path was shut by electric fences of an equestrian centre just before the circuit. There was no way of walking around and the public footpath was quite obviously closed off quite deliberately. Off to Hawley Lake to finish walking the dogs.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Sorry to hear you couldn't complete the route and thank you for letting us know. We think this must have been a temporary problem, as this horse paddock footpath is part of several iFootpath walks (published for many years) and we get comments from lots of walkers that follow them regularly (most recently end March 2018 - just a week ago). If the problem happens again we will report the issue to the county council.

By geek8ter on 07 Apr 2018

Lovely walk but super muddy. Wellington boots required!

By nnicholls36 on 25 Mar 2018

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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