GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Blashford Lakes

5 miles (8.5 km)

This walk takes you around Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve and Ibsley Water on the edge of the New Forest. There are good surfaced footpaths to follow around several lakes with the Avon Valley Path also running through the site. You can stop and use won of the many bird hides to look out for woodpecker, nuthatch, grey heron, great crested grebe, coot and sand martin. Adder, grass snake and kingfisher can be seen in the summer months. There are good facilities with a visitor centre and car park.
If you would like to extend your walk you could continue along the Avon Valley Path towards the pretty village of Ibsley or head east, on any number of footpaths, into the New Forest. Just to the east of the reserve you will find the expansive Rockford and Ibsley Commons where there are miles of heathland and woodland trails.

Blashford Lakes Postcode

BH24 3LY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Blashford Lakes OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Blashford Lakes Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Blashford Lakes - geograph.org.uk - 1287681

View from the bird hide at the nature reserve

Blashford Lakes Education Centre - geograph.org.uk - 838437

Blashford Lakes Education Centre Accessed by a gravel track which is the far side of the hut. There is a pond within the fenced enclosure.

Water Treatment Works, Blashford Lakes - geograph.org.uk - 838427

Water Treatment Works, Blashford Lakes

Car park for Blashford Lakes, Ellingham Drove - geograph.org.uk - 836646

Car park for Blashford Lakes, Ellingham Drove. On land formerly part of Hanson Blocks works. The lake is named Ibsley Water.

Entering Blashford Lakes wildlife reserve - geograph.org.uk - 804171

Entering Blashford Lakes wildlife reserve Run by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. As a consequence of this reserve, many more of the paths around the lakes are open to the public than might appear from looking for RoW on maps.

Looking across Ibsley Lakes from A338 - geograph.org.uk - 836678

Looking across Ibsley Lakes from A338. On the far bank is the public car park for Blashford Lakes, and Hanson Blocks works.

Avon Valley Path skirts Kingfisher Lake, Blashford - geograph.org.uk - 759463

Avon Valley Path skirts Kingfisher Lake, Blashford

House named Brooklyn and lake beyond, Blashford - geograph.org.uk - 759456

House named Brooklyn and lake beyond, Blashford. Seen from footpath around Kingfisher Lake. The lake here is a smaller, apparently unnamed, one just to the north of Kingfisher Lake.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Blashford Lakes.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)