A stroll around Blashford lakes nature reserve

Blashford lakes nature reserve is situated about 5 minutes drive from Ringwood. You can get directions via this google map. It is managed by the Wildlife Trust in partnership with the owners Wessex Water and Bournemouth Water and with New Forest District Council.

It’s also got it’s own great little blog, so you can keep up-to-date with the latest goings on and insect/animal sightings.

The walks are mostly all flat with hard surfaced paths suitable for most pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters, there is also ramped access to the hides for bird watching.

The facilities on site include toilets with baby changing, car parking and a picnic area.

If you’ve got a free afternoon free it well worth a stroll around, you can normally see an impressive array of birds from the various hides.

Part of the site used to be Ibsley airfield which housed three runways in World war two, you can see a stone silhouette of a plane in the below photo.

Weekend walk around Blashford lakes. #funtimes

A photo posted by Andy Merchant (@andymerch) on

Image credit: Blashford Lakes

Blashford lakes nature reserve


Things to see


Things to do


Overall experience



  • Good access for pushcairs
  • Good parking
  • Nice array of birds to see
  • Good picnic area


  • Can be tiring for little legs
  • Lots of stinging nettles for little people to avoid

Written by Andy

Andy is a dad of two and business owner from Bournemouth, Dorset in the UK. His hobbies include photography and vintage camera collecting.

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