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Testwood Lakes offers sightseers, walkers, birdwatchers and anglers the chance to enjoy idyllic natural surroundings in the company of amazing wildlife.


The Testwood Lakes Centre is open to the public in the summer between 1pm and 4pm and in the winter between 12pm and 3pm. Parking and access to the lakes is available between 8am and 6pm in the summer and 8am and 4pm in the winter.

Guided walks, events and activities take place throughout the year at Testwood and details of these can be found on the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s website.

There are many things to do at Testwood Lakes:


Take a walk around the lakes: there are several routes from which to choose and information boards on plants and animals.

Hike all the way round Testwood Lake (allow an hour) or Little Testwood Lake (allow 30 minutes).


Little Testwood Lakes is a coarse fishery stocked with rudd, roach, chubb, tench and bream. It is managed by the Southampton Piscatorial Society and Test Valley Anglers Club.

A bird hide on site at Testwood Lakes offers views looking out over Meadow Lake and a wetland area

Bird-watching at Testwood Lakes

Day tickets for non-members are available from the clubs, as well as from

Goldsmith's Newsagents
41 Rumbridge Street
SO40 9DR
Tel: 02380 862021

Fishing is available from
June 16 to March 14 during daylight hours.


The bird hides on site provide an excellent vantage point overlooking Meadow Lake and a specially designed wetland area.

You might see lapwings, shellduck or house martins in the spring and summer or tufted ducks, coots, gadwalls and grey heron in the winter.

The bird hides are open everyday between 10am and 4pm.

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