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A 2 kilometre walk around the pretty Waggoners Wells ponds in a wooded valley. Expect mud and tree roots to contend with, the northern side is more challenging than the southern side which is a more level walk. Push chairs can be used on the south bank but not recommended!
Lots of trees hear to test your GPS!
Waggoners' or Wakeners' Wells consist of a series of stream-fed man-made ponds which may have originally been constructed as hammerponds for the local iron industry in the 17th-century by Mr Henry Hooke, Lord of Bramshott Manor. Due to local protests at the time they were never used for iron production. Today these ponds are important for wildlife and contain a variety of fish.
Pockets of semi-natural sessile oak woodland occur along the valley sides and the mature trees alongside the ponds harbour fascinating lichen communities with other plants characteristic of ancient wood pasture. Redpoll, wood warbler, woodcock, spotted flycatcher and tawny owl use the marginal woodland and kingfisher, coot and other wildfowl inhabit the ponds.
There is a marmoreal to Sir Robert Hunter local founder of the national trust the land was purchased in 1919 and dedicated to him. At SU86214 34503
The best way to find the catch is to park in the car park at SU863 345 and walk down either side of the lakes towards the house of Summerden where you will find a Wishing Well at SU 85593 34188
This is a beautiful spot but watch out for the tree roots poised to trip you up! Boots are recommended as there are some muddy spots around.
There is a convergence of many ancient roads as this was once a busy spot. George Bernard Shaw, Sir Arther Conan Doyle, Tennyson and Flora Thompson have all walked this area for inspiration and in the second world war it was one of the few areas not to be camped on as the areas all around were occupied by the Canadian army weighting to Liberate France. Lodshott common was used for tank training by them. Only the odd concrete road remains and the maple tree line by the A3 is left to show they were their
Nothing to exciting in the catch! It was Bill the travel bug we found on Frencham big pond inspired us to place the catch so he is the star! Please help him on his way.
Other treasures include a torch, a bar of soap, doll, water pistol, the stubborn ring (puzzle) conditioner, rain bath and body lotion so you should be able to clean up!
Today (4-8-05) the cach has had a make over! A new larger better sealed box. All the wet stuff thrown out and numerous items added
Hope you all enjoy the site
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum