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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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A nice stroll in woodland

The young kids aged 1 and 3 loved the challenge of finding the statues dotted around. Nice to have... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
quslt
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wickford
Fresh air ♡♡

You must get there and visit this little magic place, not much of summer time as there is so many... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2018
jetlira t
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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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Hanningfield Reservoir Visitors Centre Hawkswood Road | Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT, England
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+44 1621 862960
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 15 March 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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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Visited with my 3 year old who loved the Wind in the Willows trail with the brass running. Great walk in a lovely setting, finished off with tea and cake overlooking the birds and squirrel feeding. Perfect start to a Sunday

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Took granddaughter over to feed the birds. Took the short walk round the grounds and found the wooden figures. Cafe limited but very friendly. Granddaughter enjoyed looking out the cafe window watching the squirrel and birds feeding

Thank Linda W
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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

1st visit here although absolutely freezing we had a lovely walk. Saw two deer and two woodpeckers. We took a picnic of hot jackets and hot mulled wine which was a nice end to the walk.

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Reviewed 24 February 2018

We come here time from time. It's worth a visit if you enjoy watching wild life and enjoying a snack or a glass of wine, or a coffee at the Cafe on the Water. Smashing walk from the Visitors Centre to the cafe which will...More

Thank terryrothery
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Went here for a nice mid morning walk with my toddler, a friend and her 4 month old baby. Good path for the buggy, nice trail for the toddler, really enjoyed the walk - shame it was then ruined by the centre. Returned to the...More

Thank Claire D
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

Went to Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre for my sons 9th birthday party. Great location and facilities. Party leader (Daphne) was wonderful. Great with the kids and the parent (some of whom behaved worse that the kids :-) The reservoir is a lovely place for a...More

Thank James S
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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

There are a network of paths (and hides for the keen bird watchers) through woods and alongside the edges of fields. The visitor centre has a good cafe, but with restricted food, mainly pre-packed backs. There are clean toilets and a free car park. Entry...More

Thank Stevethearchitect
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

My Partner and I spent a hour strolling through the paths surrounding Hanningfield reservoir. The paths are well kept, sign posted and you could walk for miles if you wanted to. We walked for an hour, completing one of the marked ‘circular’ paths; then finished...More

Thank Smiff679
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Graham T
7 May 2017|
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Response from andym22017 | Property representative |
Hello Graham, Dogs are not allowed onto the Reserve, except guide dogs. There is a nice area to walk your dogs at Crowsheath Community Woodland, on Crowsheath Lane, which is about half a mile from us at the Visitor Centre.
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