Aldershot! The Military Walk!

  • 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.

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  • Amanda W.

    Fabulous walk Tom, & a lovely bunch of people Thanks for organising.

    July 14, 2013

  • Laurie

    A great walk. Tom was an excellent leader in difficult terrain. Enjoyed the Nepalese concert on top of the hill.

    July 7, 2013

  • Naz

    One cheeky hill and interesting terrain but distinct lack of ice cream and a pub stop ( I guess I should have read the description eh? ). Thanks Tom and the gang for a good day out :-)

    July 6, 2013

  • Mark G.

    Thanks Tom, a lovely walk all round. Not at all the scenery I was expecting. Was really nice to meet you all and share such a nice time.

    July 6, 2013

  • Mark G.

    At a car park, hopefully the right one. Opposite water works sound about right?

    July 6, 2013

  • Tricia F.

    sorry, last minute call to look after kids tomorrow. Have fun

    July 5, 2013

  • Owain

    Hello there! Can non members attend your meetings? BTW My RSVP should actually be a maybe but there is no option. Cheers.

    July 4, 2013

  • Rena D.

    I'm interested in coming, but I have other plans in the afternoon. Can you let me know how long you think the walk will take? Thanks


    June 30, 2013

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      A former member

      The walk should take about 3 hours, plus the picnic time, so I would say it would be finished by 15:00.

      July 1, 2013

  • Laurie

    This is a part of Surrey I might not see often, so aim looking forward to being there!

    June 30, 2013

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