July 6, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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WiSy will be going on manoeuvres on Saturday 6th July, at 11am! The location will the Aldershot and District Military Lands, which is opened free to civvies all year round. Civvies would describe this large area, just West of Aldershot, home of the British Army, as beautiful heathland. I just call it good tank country.
Don't worry about being blown up by a stray shell - hardly any walkers have been killed by the Army recently, and for the ones that have been, things have been properly hushed up, so no problem there!
We start the walk on the High Speed Test Track, which is a wide sandy lane going towards Farnborough with fine views of the surrounding heathland. Again, let me reassure civvies that hardly anyone gets flattened by a speeding tank, and in the rare cases this happens the driver doesn't notice anyway, so again no problem there!
We will reach the Northern End of the Military Lands and walk a short section of the Basingstoke Canal, just South of the Farnborough Airfield, before going back into the Military Lands to complete the circular walk.
The second half of the walk climbs onto Windy Gap Hill from where we can see far-reaching views of the Hampshire-Surrey border countryside. From there we will march back to the starting point by the side of lakes and ponds and through beautiful woods.
There is of course no fancy restaurants or posh pubs around, so each man and woman will be responsible for their own rations, and a suitable picnic spot will be found half-way through the march!
The walk is only about 8 miles long and far too easy, as Health and Safety would not let me do the 22-mile overnight walk I had planned. So no opportunity to toughen you up at all!
Parking: we will meet in the large, free car park on Bourley Road. This is the SECOND car park you will meet, as you drive from Aldershot, please see the map. Nearest postcode is for the Royal Pavilion: GU11 1PZ
£2 for meetup costs.
Dogs are very welcome on the walk.