A few weeks ago we took a trip to Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve, it’s only a 5-10 minute drive from our home but we never have been. About 2 miles from Junction 8 of the M27, and easy to find but don’t be alarmed if you look like you’re going to drive into the air traffic controlled centre! Take a right at the mini roundabout, and follow the road down the hill, where you will find the car park.
With free parking, this makes it a perfect place to head for if you want a little walk around somewhere and not having to pay for parking for the larger places.
We checked out the map of all the paths to follow, with colour coded paths and times of how long it should take you.
So we picked a the blue path and followed it around, as it took you along the edge of NATS to start off, it didn’t look that great, with its wire fencing! However very quickly you head properly into Swanwick Lakes, now keep an eye out for the birds and nature. I spotted a Deer as we were walking along, but the kids weren’t quick enough to spot him….I wasn’t quick enough for a picture either.
You can take your dog along, but you’re meant to keep it under control to be respectful of the animals, however it is a shame when some people don’t follow this and let their dog run all over the place, flushing out the birds and probably scaring the deer. Gus was kept on a lead, but he can still enjoy his walk with us and sniffing about.
The paths take you up and around the lakes, which are beautiful. I am looking forward to heading back in the summer when it is full of life, and a bit more sunshine! Taking a picnic and finding a spot to stop at, it will be so peaceful.