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Hanningfield Reservoir

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Hanningfield Reservoir Visitors Centre Hawkswood Road | Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT, England
+44 1621 862960
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Quiet escape

Nature is awesome. Lots of birds to take in and plenty of fantastic scenery. Onsite cafe at the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Luke G
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Billericay, United Kingdom
Picked the right day

After doing a local boot sale went here as a short distance away. Perfect weather had a small walk... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
nikndel
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Benfleet, United Kingdom
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Set in mature woodland and offering superb views over the 870 acre Hanningfield Reservoir; Hanningfield nature reserve itself offers beautiful walks through the woodland; visiting bird hides, ponds and appreciating views across the reservoir. The site is run in partnership with Essex & Suffolk Water where you can venture through to their Cafe on the Water or take up a day’s fishing at the Fishing Lodge. The reservoir itself is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the important numbers of wildfowl that use the reservoir in the autumn and winter. New from March 2015 came the Wind in the Willows sculpture and brass rubbing trail with five sculptures from the much loved story of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad. Maps are available at the visitor centre for 50p as well as exclusive books and gifts in partnership with the River & Rowing Boat Museum, Henley-on-Thames. If you fancy venturing further than Mr Toad down by the pond there are great nature trails on the reserve for all to enjoy. Advice is always on hand in the visitor centre, to help identify wildlife and to share the latest hotspots to experience wildlife. A trail guide is available from the visitor centre at 40p, to guide you around the reserve and wildlife activity bags can be hired for a small donation for the children to take out on the reserve. The reserve has full disabled access including Lyster Bird hide, just a short distance away. The centre boasts a wide array of gifts, range of Hawke & Opticron binoculars and telescopes; as well as books and refreshments including sandwiches, cake, tea and coffee. Take a seat at our seating area whilst you are enjoying your hot drinks and enjoy the stunning views over the reservoir. Visitor Centre Facilities Include gift shop offering light refreshments, toys, books, optics binoculars and scopes, bird feeders & feed, wildlife gardening products, greeting cards and much more. Toilets, disabled access toilet, baby changing facilities, wheel chair accessibility. Booking is essential for all centre events, so make sure you call or visit the centre in advance to avoid disappointment. No dogs except registered assistance dogs. No bicycles allowed.
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Hanningfield Reservoir Visitors Centre Hawkswood Road | Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT, England
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+44 1621 862960
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nature is awesome. Lots of birds to take in and plenty of fantastic scenery. Onsite cafe at the fishing lodge was a nice place to recuperate and refresh. Bird viewing boxes are a great idea and were never busy due to the many dotted around...More

Thank Luke G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After doing a local boot sale went here as a short distance away. Perfect weather had a small walk looked in the bird viewing box and a visit to the resturant too hot to do anything else . Reasonably clean WC,s worth a couple of...More

Thank nikndel
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice day out with bird watching lots of different birds and Canadian geese , ducks , the tweets of nesting birds , small tea room / gift room so something for everybody nice walk and and Hides so as to view and avoid disturbing birds

Thank Linda L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Choose from the Visitor Centre or the Fishing Lodge [with nice cafe] to start your walk. Both have excellent car parking and are separated by a half hour walk through woodlands, skirting both fields and Hanningfield Reservoir. Especially good for bluebells in spring. Very pleasant...More

Thank Mark E
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Reviewed May 26, 2018

love this place, great walks and love the wildlife, if you get there early you may see the munjacs before it gets to busy and they have hides if you are into bird watching.

Thank Dave H
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Reviewed May 6, 2018

There are disabled parking bays close to the Visitor Centre and also at the Fishing Lodge. Both have accessible toilets. If you have mobility issues then be aware that whilst there is a good flat wheelchair accessible and non muddy path between these, it took...More

Thank Brook990
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Reviewed May 4, 2018

Always a nice friendly atmosphere here. You can pick up a book, binoculars or just some food and drink here. Go and spend a day walking the woods and visiting the bird hides. A great day out!

Thank UncleBarbar1
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Reviewed April 27, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful bluebells walk. Smell of flowers in the air :) There is a cafe on a lake with ordinary British menu and nice view.

Thank Maria Z
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

The young kids aged 1 and 3 loved the challenge of finding the statues dotted around. Nice to have somewhere to entertain them that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Thank quslt
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Reviewed March 14, 2018 via mobile

You must get there and visit this little magic place, not much of summer time as there is so many little flies around. But spring time and any sunny winter time must go.

Thank jetlira t
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Jay B
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Yes there is and it is free.
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Martin B
April 18, 2018|
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Yes you can - £25 a day - takes 2 anglers
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