Wellesley Woodlands

  • Free parking (1.9m height restrictions at some of the car parks)
  • Dedicated parking for disabled visitors at Laffan’s Road car park
  • Bins
  • Benches
  • Surfaced paths including a 1km easy-access trail
  • Green Flag Award
  • Extensive woodlands with network of waymarked routes
  • Incorporating a long stretch of the Basingstoke Canal towpath
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Where you’ll find it…

This is huge place, with several free car parks in the Aldershot area:
Bourley Road, nearest postcode GU11 1PT. Grid reference SU 85615 51455. What3Words: eagles.office.shares.
Fleet Road, nearest postcode GU11 2HL. Grid reference SU 85153 52468. What3Words: nerve.horses.crass.
Laffan’s Road, nearest postcode GU11 2HJ. Grid reference SU 86190 52327. What3Words: sorters.couches.hogs.
Chalk Farm Lake, Camp Farm Road, nearest postcode GU11 2PF. Grid reference SU 87902 52248. What3Words: improving.papers.lanes.

N.B. We’ve given the nearest postcodes, but recommend using the links to look up the exact location. The centre of a postcode may be up to half a mile from your destination.

What you’ll find there…

Wellesley Woodlands is a fantastic greenspace for the Wellesley development in Aldershot. Once a military training area, the woodlands have been transformed by the Land Trust, Grainger plc and the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership into an inviting public space. Take a look at the dedicated Wellesley Woodlands website for a detailed map showing all the trails and car parks. You can also keep up with what’s happening on their Facebook page. There’s a lot to explore, including Duke’s Wood, the Basingstoke Canal and Chalk Farm Lake. Plus two smaller areas called Heather Hill and Thorn Hill. Each with its own distinct character.

The whole area is open to the public, for everyone to enjoy. Most areas have surfaced paths suitable for walkers, runners, cyclists, wheelchairs and buggies. And a wheelchair-friendly footpath, spanning more than 1km, laid out along the Basingstoke Canal from the Laffan’s Road car park.

So why Wellesley? The woodlands and the development are named after Arthur Wellesley, better known as the 1st Duke of Wellington. He of Battle of Waterloo fame, the Iron Duke himself. A leading military figure with a string of victories to his name, he also served as Prime Minister and was Commander in Chief of the British Army. An appropriate choice then for Aldershot, Home of the British Army.

A colossal statue of Arthur Wellesley, mounted on his faithful charger Copenhagen, stands on Round Hill in Aldershot, just off the A325 Farnborough Road, next to the Claycart Road car park.



This ‘Greenspace on your doorstep’ is managed by…

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