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Hanningfield Reservoir

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Closed Now: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Lovely walk (first visit)

Ideal for adults and children, very nice viewing areas for bird watchers, lots of quiet spots to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
A great sunday walk!

This place is just stunning with lovely wooded walks and superb views over the reservoir. We have... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
London, 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...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hanningfield Reservoir Visitors Centre Hawkswood Road | Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT, England
+44 1621 862960
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All reviews bird watching fishing lodge essex wildlife trust nice walk gift shop the reserve fresh air brass rubbings lovely place nature trail free parking bird life cup of tea interesting place children run few hours sunny day
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ideal for adults and children, very nice viewing areas for bird watchers, lots of quiet spots to sit and ponder, various little coves of areas for wild life(frogs, toads) cafes a bit over priced but as profits go to centre not a problem, and they...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank stevebillericay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I like to get out with my two children (4 & 6) and try the different trails the Trust have & this was a nice one. They enjoyed finding the figures, the facts at each point and the brass rubbings too. We entered the two...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank leighroy77
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is just stunning with lovely wooded walks and superb views over the reservoir. We have been coming for years t and always love it, there are several hides to view the wildlife from and if you are very lucky you may even see...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank devfox
Reviewed 25 January 2019 via mobile

Limited menu. Breakfast sandwiches. Jacket potatoes. Quiche. Scampi. All well cooked. You go there for the view it’s lovely looking out over the water

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Cherieessex
Reviewed 21 January 2019

Nice visitor centre with small café serving good coffee and selection of cakes, all profits go to the nature centre and donations are accepted for the visit. Good to relax and look at wildlife out side the windows at feeding trays meant for birds. These...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank David T
Reviewed 7 January 2019

This is an ideal place for a walk at all times of the year. BUT why cant dogs be allowed around the nature trail on leads.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Neal192
Reviewed 28 December 2018

Once again the kangaroos have ruined my visit to Hanningfield ! I am no little annoyed. Usually the kangaroos just pester you for food but yesterday they attacked and killed my dog. My children were horrified. I know lots of people visiting Hanningfield have had...More

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank kevbutnobacon
Reviewed 14 December 2018

Great place for walks nice quiet come back have cup of tea staff very helpful we are both members and love going over there

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rodney C
Reviewed 12 December 2018

If you are interested in birds & wildlife, then this is the place for you. They have a great gift shop full of interesting things & after you have walked round this you can go outside & walk round the reservoir & visit the hides...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mike P
Reviewed 23 November 2018 via mobile

This place is perfect for older and younger people alike to walk around. You choose how long your walk is and the paths are reasonably well looked after. The cafes are well looked after and offer a great variety of food.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank chrissy152013
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Dan T
8 September 2018|
Response from Lilly_food_holiday | Reviewed this property |
No you can't. As far I know is fishing only. X