Guided walks

Guided Walks & Activities

Hart District Council’s Countryside Service runs a variety of walks and activities throughout the year at various sites within the district. Whether you are interested in wildlife, conservation and your local countryside or maybe you just need an excuse to get outdoors, you will find something for you and your friends and family to enjoy.

All walks are weather dependent and may be altered at short notice.  Please note that the walks are due to begin at the times advertised so please arrive ten minutes early to avoid disappointment. 

Payment for walks are payable by cash on the day.

Print off this years events calendar and pin it to your fridge.  

Booking is easy and can be done by online by using our guided walks booking form

To join our mailing list and receive emails about our upcoming walks and events please email us on countryside@hart.gov.uk  

All children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities must be booked in advance

 

History walk 10am - 12noon FULL
When? Monday 9 May
Where? Hartley Wintney

Join Nick as he takes you on a tour of Hartley Wintney. The route will cover one half of the Hart history trail. Nick will expand on landmarks such as the Mild May Oaks and the newly restored Pill Box. 

At the end of your walk, should you wish, you will receive a copy of Harts history leaflet. Allowing you to complete the second half of the walk at your own leisure.

£3.50 per person

Wildlife Day 11am - 3pm
When? Sunday 5 June
Where? Fleet Pond

Join us for this very popular free event at Fleet Pond. Drop in anytime between 11am – 3pm.  Many of the stalls are interactive, offering educational activities and hands-on learning including bug hunting, butterfly kites and pond-dipping.

Even though the event is free, don’t leave your purse at home as there will be stalls selling various wildlife related items.

Refreshments such as tea and coffee will be available as well as delicious food available to buy from the Chieftain Explorer Scouts. Car parking is VERY LIMITED at Fleet Pond, so we are asking local visitors to leave their car at home and take a leisurely stroll to the site for a full ‘back to nature’ day.

The event will be sign posted from all access points around the reserve pointing you in the direction of the stalls, so if you walk through Chestnut Grove or Wellington Avenue, we will be easy to find.

Free event - Dogs welcome on a lead - suitable for all ages!

Butterflies and Reptiles 10am - 12noon
When? 9 July (Saturday, not Sunday as stated in calendar)
Where? Hazeley Heath  

Join Hart’s Biodiversity Officer on a Butterfly and Reptile walk around the beautiful Hazeley Heath. Hazeley Heath is a Special Protection Area for its bird life but it is also home to an amazing array of butterflies including the beautiful Silver Studded Blue.

Booking essential - no dogs please - the route is along uneven ground so is not suitable for wheelchairs or push chairs.

£3.50 per person

Damselfly and Dragonfly walk 2pm - 4:30pm
When? Sunday 24 July
Where? Elvetham Heath

Join dragonfly expert Tony Mundell on a walk around Elvetham Heath.  Marvel at the amazing array of dragonflies and damselflies. Suitable for all ages.

£3.50 per person

Bushcraft 10am - 12pm
Where? Fleet Pond, Brookley Wood
When? July 26

Could you make a fire without matches, find north without a compass, or purify water with just a plastic bottle? Let's get hands on and mucky and learn some wilderness skills. Dare to discover just how much fun being outside can be.

Suitable for ages 8+. Must be accompanied by an adult.

£3.50 per person

Family pond dipping and Bug hunting 10am - 12pm
Where? Fleet Pond
When? 2 and 25 August

Come and explore Fleet Pond. We will be hunting for bugs in the woods using nets to find out what creatures live in the pond. We will enter the world of the mini beasts allowing you to see the pond from a very different, microscopic point of view. You might be surprised just quite how much lives out there.

Suitable for all ages - children must be supervised.

£3.50 per person

Den building 2pm - 4pm
Where? Fleet Pond
When? Wednesday 10 August

Let’s get back to basics and make a den, we’ll split up into teams and see who can make the best den using materials that can found around Fleet Pond.  Points will be given for structure, furnishings and water resistance! 

All children must be supervised by an adult. 

£5 per child

Bat Walks 7:30pm - 9pm
Where? Fleet Pond
When? Friday 2 September and Saturday 10 September

Going a bit batty being stuck indoors? Join Hart’s Countryside rangers on a stroll around Fleet Pond. We will be using bat detectors in the nature reserves, at night! Find out all about these fascinating flying mammals and other nocturnal creatures that only become active after dusk.

£3.50 per person

Bat Walks 7:30pm- 9pm

Where? Odiham Common
When? Saturday 3 September

Going a bit batty being stuck indoors? Join Hart’s Countryside rangers on a stroll around Odiham common. We will be using bat detectors in the nature reserves at night! Find out all about these fascinating flying mammals and other nocturnal creatures that only become active after dusk.

£3.50 per person

Fungi Walk 2pm - 4pm
Where? Odiham Common
When? 9 October  

Come for a walk around the majestic Odiham Common. Join Mike Waterman, a retired rocket scientist who became interested in fungi after moving to the area. He is a life member of the British Mycological Society, and belongs to two local fungus recording groups (West Weald and Thames Valley).

£3.50 per person

Halloween Walk 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Where? Fleet Pond
When? Friday 28 October

Wear your scariest costume and carve a pumpkin! Then, together we will dare to venture around the eerie Fleet Pond exploring the dark with our lanterns. We dare you to complete our challenge; I wonder just what you'll find?

£5 per child


How to contact Countryside Services

Email: countryside@hart.gov.uk 

Phone: 01252 623443

Write: Countryside Services, Hart District Council, Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, Hampshire GU51 4AE.

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