Best places to walk around Camberley, Chobham, Fleet and Yateley
After almost a year of stop start lockdowns and tier systems, we have certainly got friendly with our local area. And what a stunning local area it is! The whole team at Waterfords Estate Agents feel incredibly lucky to live a stone’s throw from London but have a wealth of beautiful wildlife and greenspace in Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire.
We asked each team across all our branch network in Camberley, Chobham, Fleet and Yateley to put their heads together and share their absolute favourite local walks. We hope you enjoy them on your daily exercise too.
Best places to walk near Camberley
Barossa Nature Reserve - Ollie
Barossa is a gorgeous lowland heath with areas of pine and native deciduous woodland. These diverse habitats attract a variety of heathland wildlife including reptiles, a great number of invertebrates and ground nesting birds such as the Dartford warbler. Please note that access to this site is subject to the terms and conditions of the Military Byelaws, which are displayed at all major access points.
Windlesham Arboretum – Gary
This 180-acre hidden gem is set right next to the M3, but you would never know it! Privately owned, the Arboretum is crossed by public footpaths, giving access to this magical world of trees, lakes, follies, and monuments. Please remember this is a private estate, owned by a charitable trust, and you must keep to the regulations posted by the Trustees.
Frimley Fuel Allotments – Sam
An attractive and varied woodland walk just off Old Bisley Road, with a signposted trail to help you make the most of your visit. The route passes a particularly lovely pond and the boundary of Pine Ridge Golf Club. It is surprisingly hilly in places so ideal to get the heart rate up on your daily exercise!
Best places to walk near Fleet
Fleet Pond Nature Reserve - Sam
Fleet Pond is the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire and the nature reserve has 54.6 hectares (141 acres) of varied habitats.
The pond itself occupies approximately half of this area. The surrounding land features heathland, woodland, reedbed and marsh, and is home for many species of birds, butterflies, dragonflies and wildflowers. Fleet Pond is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
West Green Common and surrounds - Brendan
Starting at West Green Common near Hartley Wintney, a variety of beautiful circular walks in the Hampshire countryside can be explored. A variety of wildlife, grazing sheep and cows, and the beautiful West Green House and Dipley Mill are all delightful to discover along the way.
Best places to walk near Yateley
Horseshoe Lake - Bethan
Horseshoe Lake covers around 22 acres. It is named after its horseshoe-shaped island and lies about half a mile to the west of Sandhurst.
Horseshoe Lake is a great place to spot wildlife including a wide variety of winter visitors and breeding birds and invertebrates including several species of grasshoppers and crickets, 12 species of dragonflies and 18 species of butterflies!
Wyndams Pool and Yateley Common – Lizzie and Shaun
The heathland, woodland and ponds of Yateley Common offer a variety of experiences to visitors. Wyndham’s Pool is the largest pond on the common and is used for recreational fishing. It is a fantastic place to spot wildlife, including butterflies, snakes, reptiles, and a variety of birds. There are many different routes you can take around Yateley Common and it offers beautiful landscapes in all weathers.
Best places to walk near Chobham
Chobham Common – Lynn
Chobham Common is a simply stunning place to go for a walk. It is the largest National Nature Reserve in the south east of England and is a magnificent example of lowland heath, one of the most ancient and characteristic British landscapes.
Chobham Common is also one of the best British sites for insects, spiders, ladybirds, bees and wasps. Some 29 species of butterfly live here, including the rare silver-studded blue, and 22 types of dragonfly hover and dart above the heathland pools. All in all, Chobham Common is a wildlife paradise that is too good to miss.