Shepherd Meadows to Swan LakeParks & Walks
- All the family
Another Wokingham Rocks Ramble in Sandhurst this week, with thanks to our collaborator Julia Morris Photography.
Distance: 3 miles (5km) - with a shorter option from Shepherd Meadows to Sandhurst Memorial and back (1.6miles)Time: 1hr (moderate pace)Paths can be a bit muddy, but not too bad if no recent rain and are passable with a sturdy buggy. All the paths we followed are marked clearly on Google Maps. Start at the Shepherd Meadows car park (free) - College Town, Sandhurst GU47 0FL (off Marshall Rd, just before the big M&S)
Take the main path down to the Blackwater River from the car park. (N.B. We initially tried to cut across the fields and follow the Shepherd Meadows circular walk on the Bracknell Forest Council website, but it got so muddy we literally got stuck in the mud and had to return to the car park! This would be a better option in the warmer months!)
When you reach the river, cross over the bridge and turn right, with the river now on your right. Continue along the river for half a mile until you reach another bridge. Crossing over the bridge, follow the signpost straight ahead to Sandhurst Memorial Park for the shorter walk option, or turn left to go over a railway bridge and follow the river towards Swan Lake Park.
As you continue along the river, you might be lucky to spot 3 friendly llamas in an adjoining field!
When you hit the main road (Swan Lane), turn left and cross over the road carefully to Swan Lake Park (Swan Ln, Blackwater, Camberley GU17 0DL). This is a lovely area to walk around either as part of this longer ramble, or as a separate walk for little legs - to find out more, look out for next week's Wednesday Walk feature!
Retrace your steps back to the turning for Sandhurst Memorial Park, following the path down to the Balance Pond and then on to a large playground with lots of different areas which are great for all ages, including a very tall slide!
Head back to the car park a slightly different way by turning left at the Balance Pond and following the path on the opposite bank of the river.