Wellesley Woodlands

There are a number of car parks available, including one on Claycart Road, Aldershot (nearest postcode GU11 1QA, grid reference SU 85339 51122 – follow signs for the Wellington Statue). Another nearby car park can be accessed at grid reference SU 85615 51455 (this can be found by continuing straight past Claycart Road, travelling down the lane for around 600m). A detailed map of the site (including more parking options) is available here.

Wellesley Woodlands is a fantastic greenspace in Aldershot. This extensive site (spanning 110 hectares) is made up of interlinked woodlands, including areas known as Dukes Wood, Canal and Lakeside, Heather Hill and Thorn Hill. Each of these areas are distinctive in nature and linked via a 16km network of footpaths, allowing for circular walks of various lengths, accessible from numerous entry points.

Varied habitats exist, including an attractive lake and the adjacent Basingstoke Canal.  A number of lovely features have been installed, including new wood sculptures and marked walking routes. The woodlands still include many features reflecting their military past, including three brick firing walls. The park is open for everyone to explore and enjoy, and dogs can be walked freely off the lead. Wellesley Woodlands provides many well surfaced paths suitable to be shared by walkers, runners, cyclists, wheelchairs and children’s buggies. A specialised wheelchair friendly footpath spanning more than 1km has been established alongside the Basingstoke Canal. Bins and marked routes are present on site.

More information about Wellesley Woodlands can be found here.

 

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