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.

We were there about an hour as we slowly walked around, taking photos of Tylers clothes, our Me and Mine and enjoying the peace. However you can make these walks as short or long as you want.

Please take a look at my days out category for more places around Hampshire to visit, or follow us on Instagram to follow our adventures.


Country Kids




  1. We like going here too – think we are relatively close! Great photos…

    Popping by from #CountryKids!

    • Oh we must be! I only live 5-10mins away from here, so makes a great little walk

  2. This is not that far from us! I must look into it as it looks a great place for a walk. It’s annoyingly when others don’t follow the rules it annoys me! Stopping by from #countrykids

  3. This looks like a lovely place to visit, very peaceful looking. Shame that people don’t follow the rules and keep their dogs under control!

  4. Kerry Norris Reply

    I’ve never heard of this place. It looks lovely. The dog looks very happy x

  5. This looks like a really nice place, I love going for walks near water.
    Gus is gorgeous!

  6. Gorgeous photos – it looks like such a tranquil place to visit. It looks very similar to a place near me and we go there often with our dog – she loves it!

  7. I’ve not visited before but what a great place to have so close to home. Definitely one to go back to in summer, the contrast between the seasons will be wonderful to see. Well done keeping Gus on a lead, it is a shame when others can’t follow the countryside code for places like this. Love your robin photo, they really are cheeky birds that pop up everywhere.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  8. Oh this looks absolutely beautiful. Such a shame some dog owners can’t be respectful of their surroundings

  9. This looks like a lovely walk. I’ve been thinking of places local to us to get out and explore this year 🙂

  10. This looks like such a lovely, peaceful place to visit! Love the doggy photo, such a handsome pup! x

Write A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.