Rowhill Nature Reserve
- Free parking (open during COVID-19 restrictions)
- Woodland nature reserve and the source of the River Blackwater
- 2.8km circular walk
- Links to longer walks along the Blackwater Valley Path
Where you’ll find it…
Find the free car park on Cranmore Lane, Aldershot, nearest postcode GU11 3BD. Grid reference SU 84892 49994.
What you’ll find there…
Gorgeous shady woodland, great for cooling down in the summer! This wonderful nature reserve has been lovingly managed and cared for. Its signposted trail meanders through woods, on an interesting and surprisingly hilly route. Once part of a private estate, known for producing timber and bricks, you can still see evidence of this today. There’s a large level meadow in the centre too, and regulars tell us this is popular spot with dog walkers, as a safe place to play with their pets.
You’ll also discover the source of the River Blackwater, the start of a green corridor on the boundary between Surrey and Hampshire. The river links a number of our “Greenspace” entries including Lakeside Nature Reserve, Hawley Lake & Blackwater Park and Shepherd Meadows.
The signposted trail from the car park on Cranmore Lane is unsurfaced and steep in places. But there’s also a surfaced, level trail from the opposite end of the reserve, from the entry point at the top of Parkland Grove GU9 9HA, with room to park one or two cars. Grid reference SU 85751 49572.