Flexford Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Entry feeDonations welcome
Parking informationRoadside parking on North Millers Dale, off B3043
Grazing animalsCattle between April and December
Unsurfaced paths can be wet and muddy.
There is a gentle slope in the woods to/from the entrance on the corner of North Millers Dale/Baddesley Road.
You will find a flight of steps and steep unsurfaced slope to/from Baddesley Road bridge entrance. There are kissing gates at all entrances.
Unsuitable for wheelchairs due to terrain and kissing gates. Directions below.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitVisit in spring to see ramsons (wild garlic), golden saxifrages, bluebells and orange-tip butterflies. In summer you’ll find a range of orchids and butterflies.
About the reserve
These flower rich wet meadows are kept lush and green by the Monk’s brook, which flows through the nature reserve. Flexford is a fragment of a formerly widespread habitat that was built on as part of a new housing development – this is the area we saved for wildlife.
The reserve is divided into two parts by the railway line – on both sides there is flourishing ancient woodland full of wonderful spring flowers such as ramsons, and the wet meadows are awash with flowers during the summer.
From M3 junction 12, take Hocombe Road towards Ampfield. At crossroads turn left onto B3043. For Upper Flexford: take right hand turn into North Millers Dale. Upper Flexford reserve is on left. For Lower Flexford: follow directions above but at North Millers Dale junction keep going along B3043, after ¼ mile turn right onto Ramalley Lane.
Train station: Chandler’s Ford (1 mile). Turn left then right onto tarmac path then immediately right, follow path for 100m. Cross bridge then leave tarmac
route, follow path across grass until it rejoins tarmac. Continue for ¾ mile with Monks Brook on right. Entry into reserve is over bridge on right.
Bus stop: North Millers Dale for Upper Flexford (Xelabus), Katrine Crescent for Lower Flexford (1/4mile walk via Glendowan Rd) (Stagecoach).