- Free parking (2.2m height restriction)
- Benches and picnic table
- Scenic pond with viewing platform and information
- Choice of marked routes on good paths
- Routes of around 2km with possibilities for longer walks
Where you’ll find it…
Find the free car park on Swinley Road (B3017), Winkfield Row, Ascot, nearest postcode SL5 8BB. Grid reference SU 90066 68425. Note that as of December 2018 the car park will be closed from 7pm to 7am throughout the winter.
What you’ll find there…
Englemere Pond is a jewel, with its beautiful open water, reedbeds, peaceful woodland and heather. A real treat of a walk. There are two marked trails that take you past a platform with the best view across the water. The shorter ‘woodpecker trail’ leads you past the platform and around the heath, and the longer ‘dragonfly trail’ takes in a circuit of the pond as well.
The reedbeds are full of chattering warblers in the spring, warm summer days bring out a multitude of dragonflies, and on summer evenings house martins and swallows swoop low over the water. It’s not hard to see why it’s a Local Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the different habitats attract all sorts of wildlife.
For those looking for a longer walk, you can pick up Bracknell Forest’s Ramblers Route. This 26 mile/41.8km waymarked walk, starting from The Look Out Discovery Centre on Nine Mile Ride, passes right through. If you happen to be on the east side of Bracknell, or at The Look Out, you can join section 4 of the Ramblers Route on its way through Swinley Park to Englemere. More information and a leaflet is available from The Look Out.
My favourite greenspace: Find out why Englemere Pond is Warden Jamie’s favourite.