GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Swanwick Lakes

1 miles (1.6 km)

This walk visits the Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve in the Hampshire village of Swanwick.
Here you can enjoy a series of footpaths taking you around the site's woodland, meadows and lakes which are made from the former clay pits.
There's lots of wildlife to see with birds including marsh tits and woodpeckers. Wildflowers in the summer includeorchids and knapweed attracting lots of butterflies such as marbled white, meadow brown and gatekeeper.
To continue your walking in the area head north over the River Hamble to visit Manor Farm and Country Park. There's some fine cycling and walking trails with 600 year old historic buildings including the 13th century St Bartholomew's church.


SO31 7AY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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

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

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To the west of the reserve you can pick up the River Hamble Walk which runs from the mouth of the River Hamble at Warsash to Bursledon. Hamble Common can also be accessed in this area.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Swanwick Reserve Centre - - 225354

Swanwick Reserve Centre. At this educational facility children can learn about the natural environment.

Clay Pit - - 225347

Clay Pit. Old clay pit associated with brick making.

Early spring at Swanwick Lakes (1) - - 4061839

Early spring at Swanwick Lakes

Early spring at Swanwick Lakes (5) - - 4061850

Field and woodland

Gate offering access to Bens Lake, Swanwick - - 464653

Gate offering access to Bens Lake. A peculiar stile or gate design I haven't seen before. The counter-weight is sufficiently light so that the bars shut into their horizontal position under their own weight. To photograph this I had to hold the thing open and then snap it quickly as it fell shut. Of course, the design leaves a rather large, and certainly not stock-proof hole under the counter-weight.

Early spring at Swanwick Lakes (2) - - 4061840

Ben's Lake


GPS Files

GPX File

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