This week we went walking at Englemere Pond Nature Reserve, Ascot. The 68.2 acre site is made up of woodland, heathland and a giant pond which I would describe more as a ‘lake’. The site is of special scientific interest for its rare wetland plants and animals found on the site.
If you start at the car park you will find a map of the site, which has two trails marked on it. The Dragonfly Trial (approx 40 minutes) and The Woodpecker Trail (approx 20 minutes). There are then wooden markers around the nature reserve which help you follow a set path. You will find boardwalks and set managed paths throughout plus a viewing platform over the ‘lake’ itself. The walks are flat, dog friendly and also buggy friendly. We got the buggy round the walk but it was a little bumpy in places due to the tree roots on the ground.
One thing we liked about walking at Englemere Pond was seeing the wildlife. There were dragonflies, butterflies and a couple of ducks on the ‘lake’. We have walked here before and saw a heron on the ‘lake’. There are also very beautiful waterlilies on the ‘lake’ at the far end near London Road. Information boards can be found around the site which give you more information about the wildlife and environment at Englemere Pond.
We spotted this beautiful dragonfly which I believe is a black-tailed skimmer from googling it, I maybe wrong. My eldest called it a ‘bumble bee dragonfly’ which I thought was very apt!
Click here for a leaflet all about the nature reserve.
How to find Englemere Pond Nature Reserve
If you would like to go walking at Englemere Pond Nature Reserve, Ascot there is a free car park which can be found on Swinley Road, Ascot, SL5 8AB. There are no toilets or catering facilities.