Hawley Meadows (SANG) is an important river floodplain site with a wet grassland habitat. It is one of the few sites in the Valley that shows what the landscape may have been like over 100 years ago. It serves as a natural flood defence with the fields often holding water after heavy rainfall so helping prevent the A331 and surrounding urban areas from flooding.
This traditional floodplain grazing meadow with areas of wet grassland and grazing marsh, has been the focus of extensive landscape and habitat improvement work. During the construction of the A331 much of the existing grassland flora was lost. Local conservation volunteers have worked to restore the grassland and the site is now flourishing.
The main car park is located off the northbound carriageway of the A331 between the M3 and the A30 opposite Watchmoor Business Park. It has recently been resurfaced and made to be a much more welcoming site.
The Blackwater Valley Path runs through the site. It can be accessed by parking in the car park off the A331 and crossing the river via the bridge. Alternatively follow the path from Frimley Business Park in the south or Blackwater Park in the north.
The River Blackwater flows through the site and the reasonable stocks of fish in the river here provide good sport. Cove Brook also joins the River Blackwater at Hawley Meadows.
The site is owned by Hampshire County Council and leased to Hartley Wintney Angling Society; members only, no day tickets available.
- Site managed by Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership , enquiries contact us.
See also the map of the Valley