We are on the Street Map!

The Google man must have braved the wilderness of the New Forest about 18 months ago and collected shots of our road.

View into Furzehill Farm CL gateway
View into Furzehill Farm CL gateway

Although the sun was shining it was in the Winter when there was mud and the trees were leafless – still, you can get a feel for the area.

Since the shot the hedge has been cut back and the entrance trimmed a bit, the site remains very natural and untamed. The gateway is fine for just about any van or camper to get in, so don’t be put off!

Site ready for visitors

The rain in February seemed endless and yet now that March has come the rain has stopped and the wind is drying the ground quickly. Already the CL site is dry enough for vehicles to move around quite happily – so, come and visit!

Blashford Lakes is a series of former gravel pits surrounded by grassland and willow, birch and alder woodland. The Dockens Water stream flows through the reserve and is bounded by ancient woodland of Oak and Beech.

How to get there

Blashford Lakes is 2 miles north of Ringwood on the A338, turn right (east) onto Ellingham Drove, the reserve entrance is after 500 yards with main car park to the left and Education Centre to the right. Main car park is at SU151083, Education Centre is at SU151079, postcode BH24 3PJ. View a map.

Public transport:

Bus, the X3 Bournemouth-Salisbury service stops at Ellingham Cross 500yds west of the main reserve entrance.

Getting around

The main paths are all rolled gravel with shallow gradients. At access points the kissing gates have RADAR keys for wider opening to allow passage of wheelchairs and buggies. A key can be borrowed from the Education Centre by arrangement. There are disability buggies available to borrow – to book, call 01425 472 760.

Opening times:

Open from 09:00 to 16:30 daily apart from Christmas day. During these hours the car park, all bird hides and Centre building with toilets are open. Outside these hours the paths are accessible but there is no vehicle access.

Information:

There are blackboards with recent sightings in the car park, at the Education Centre and in several of the bird hides. Also check latest reserve news. Leaflets, including a site map are available at the main car park, in the hides and at the Education Centre. Download a copy of the new reserve leaflet.

Contact information

Call 01425 472760 or 07917 616695

via Blashford Lakes · Our Reserves · HWT.

Open all the year round

OK, the Caravan Club book says we close for the Winter, well since that was printed we decided to open all the year round.

New Forest Beech trees
New Forest Beech trees

Since making that decision the weather has been so rank that no one would have wanted to visit anyway – but Spring is coming and it’s a wonderful time to visit the New Forest, so why not come and see what’s on offer in our little part of the hidden ‘forest

Even in the Winter there’s lots to see, the Ponies are always around and look rather shaggy and unkempt in their winter coats. The Deer are everywhere, you can’t miss them, just go for a walk on the open Forest. Ogdens seems to have an especially high population of teenage deer, there must be well over 70 of them.

I writing this in early March and it’s great to hear the Buzzards in good voice having been quite quiet for a few months, I guess their thoughts are turning to romance and nest-building.