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The Tally Ho and Blackwater Valley Walk is a 2.1 mile loop trail located near Eversley, Hampshire, England that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length 2.1 mi Elevation gain 150 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Walking

Lake

River

Wildlife

Pub walk

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Getting There

A circular pub walk from the Tally Ho in Eversley, in north-east Hampshire. The Tally Ho is a beautiful Hampshire farmhouse lovingly converted to a great pub with open fires in the winter and an enormous garden to enjoy in the summer. The short walk follows a section of the Blackwater Valley path, a long distance path which meanders alongside the River Blackwater, to reach the beautiful old ford, weir and mill at nearby Lower Common. If you wish, there’s chance to extend the walk by exploring Bramshill Forest at this point. The return leg follows a quiet lane and woodland footpath before joining the main road back to the pub. You’ll have chance to meet lots of horses in the paddocks along the way and enjoy the beautiful River Blackwater which is a haven for a variety of wildlife. The walk is almost entirely flat and the paths can be a little overgrown in the summer and can get muddy after rain and in the winter. The route passes through three paddocks that are likely to be holding horses so take care with children and dogs. You will need to negotiate several gates, a long narrow footbridge and two stiles (both of which have open fencing surrounds which should be suitable for most dogs to pass through). Allow 1 hour.

Eversley is on the Berkshire/Hampshire border, on the A327 between Farnborough and Reading. The walk starts and finishes at the Tally Ho pub which can be found on the junction of the A327 Reading Road and B3348 Fleet Hill. The pub has a large car park alongside. Approximate post code RG27 0RR.

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Recordings (6)
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Diane Cryer
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Overgrown in a couple of places

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Frances C
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Hiking

Lovely walk through woodlands bordered by paddocks and horses along the way. Very flat and fairly well kept with only the last short section on a busy road

Tony Thomas
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Great flat walk through some lovely field, across the river. But if road walking at the end but overall a lovely walk. Start and finish at the pub too is always a bonus.

Ann Jackson
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Nice easy walk before lunch. No electric fences on route so managed walk without any problems

Colin G.
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The puddle described by LMS was still there in April 2019,although admittedly it had rained 2 days before - see photo.

katy katy
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Very picturesque walk & nice to see lots of horses along the way. The mill is a lovely place to stop at & about half way. Easy to do & makes a nice afternoon short walk. Shame the last part of the walk is along a busy road.

Linda Shearer
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First to Review

Did this short but pretty walk today - mid January. Some lovely wanderings and the river/ford/bridge was pretty when frosty. Many of the wintry muddy paths were easy to walk because they had become hard frozen. However, be aware that the last footpath (mentioned on the last page of the plan here - before you return to the main road) was so very waterlogged that even after several days of freezing temperatures, it remained wet and deep! The largest puddle was about twenty feet long and fully the width of the path - it was probably 6 inches deep and incredibly soft mud for its length. We, two mid sixties ladies, decided to plod on regardless - even with well weathered walking shoes/boots we became muddied and soaked well above our ankles! That last footpath was treacherous for its entire length - no alternative routes as all linked paths were clearly marked Private/No Thoroughfare! The alternative to the soaking was a complete re-track of the entire walk! We're seasoned walkers and resigned to getting soaked - and squelched back to the Tally Ho. Of course we survived, and had a nice lunch - but perhaps the writers of other footpath guides could let future walkers know where mud turns to quaggy streams in some areas/some months - just so we can wear higher waterproof boots or avoid altogether until the dry season!

Rachel C.
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Andy Smith
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Anthony Seymour
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Josh Bunce
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Alan Jacobs
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Emma Henshaw
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jane scott
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