Ash is situated on the western edge of the county of Surrey, next to the River Blackwater, which forms a natural boundary with Hampshire. The restored Basingstoke Canal winds its way through the parish past Ash Wharf and then flashes towards Mytchett Lake. East of the canal is Ash Common, an area of heath land designated as a Special Protection Area to preserve the habitat of three endangered species of birds, the Dartford Warbler, the Nightjar and the Woodlark. Ash Common is occupied by the Ash Ranges military training area.
My visit to Youngs Drive was facilitated by a train journey from London Waterloo. A tame end of season encounter was convincingly won by visitors Sandhurst Town FC.