There is ample parking outside the ‘Hawley Lake Sail Training Centre’ where you start your walk by heading clockwise around the lake. Unfortunately the path isn’t often at the edge of the water but when it is you get some lovely views and a chance to feed the waterfowl. If you didn’t bring any titbits with you, be prepared to feel a bit guilty as the ducks and geese make a beeline for you!
It takes over an hour to have a leisurely stroll around the lake but, be prepared to turn back because the position of the Sail Training Centre makes it very difficult to go completely round the lake. The perimeter of the centre is fenced off with no clear pathway back to the car park. To save time I followed the edge of the fence, but the surrounding forestation was quite overgrown in places. Next time I’ll know to turn back!
For those interested in fishing, there are several locations along the edge of the lake designed for anglers. The Sailing Training Centre provides courses for adults, children and groups, covering a range of activities including dinghy sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and power boating. For more information please see the centre’s website: http://www.hawleylake.org.uk/
When I visited the lake there were children out on the water enjoying a sailing course, several people walking their dogs and cyclists taking advantage of the wide and well-maintained pathways. A number of anglers were ensconced in their camouflaged tents hoping a fish would bite, and plenty of walkers were striding out in the sunshine. All in all, Hawley Lake is definitely worth a visit.
David Bowie, owner of Healthy Fit Life, is a mobile personal trainer and sports massage therapist working in the Farnham and Camberley area.