Fleet Pond – Top Autumn Walk in Hampshire

November 13, 2017

From Visit Hampshire:

Fleet Pond is the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire. The nature reserve has 141 acres of varied habitats including heathland, woodland, reedbed and marsh, and is home for many species of birds. This walk takes a full circuit of Fleet Pond and offers excellent views. The path crosses Brookly Stream, one of the two feeder streams into the lake and passed by the oldest section of Fleet Pond’s woodlands which has good specimens of oak and Scots pine. The perfect walk for capturing those autumnal colours on your camera.

Route distance: 2.5 miles

Start point: Fleet Pond Car Park

You can find detailed information on a variety of walks around Fleet Pond here.

If you’re taking your camera, why not consider entering the Fleet Pond Society photographic competition? The theme this year is

‘Beauty and the not so…’

See here for competition details.

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Capturing the Spirit of Fleet Pond

August 11, 2017

The Fleet Pond Society Photographic Competition is underway, why not think of submitting one or two entries? The theme is:

‘Beauty and the not so…’

This year’s theme is a “warts and all” celebration of all aspects of Fleet Pond Nature Reserve from the beautiful to the still eye-catching but not so cute. This interesting theme leaves a lot to your imagination and interpretation!

For general inspiration, here are some great photos of different aspects of Fleet Pond that have been posted on Twitter over the last six months (see the FPS Twitter feed here for these and many other interesting photos):

Credit: Colin Stock

Credit: MummyBarrow

Credit: Chris Marney

Credit: Mark Bishop

Credit: Richard Handyside


How Popular Is The Pond?

March 10, 2017

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Graph of Footfall Figures at Fleet Pond for 2016 (Click To Enlarge)

Answer: A lot more than you might imagine!

Colin Gray, Chairman of Fleet Pond Society, writes:

“Hart Rangers have provided me with the full year footfall figures for Fleet Pond as recorded at the six monitoring points (see legend on graph above plus map here).

They make interesting reading and there is one oddity and one that bucks the general trend. Most monitor points follow a similar trend over the year, but Coldstream Culvert shows an unusual drop in March, April and June. Boat House track bumbles along as one of the lowest until a sudden increase in September, drops in the next two months and then becomes one of the highest in December.

Picnic entrance is one of the two lowest all year, indicating perhaps that most walkers use the lower track?

What is very clear is the numbers of people using Fleet Pond every month. Back a decade when we had a Farnborough Sixth Form student take a survey over a shorter few months, his figures estimated approximately 4,000 to 5,000 a month in peak months. All but two monitor points show the numbers are now well in excess of that estimate every month.

An  important point to note is that the monitors record every movement past the monitor, so it includes those who walk, jog, run or walk dogs more than once a day or do more than one circuit of the pond. For example a jogger might pass the monitor three or more times in one day. Although these might swell the figures, they do have an impact on the path network, so it makes sense to include them when assessing impact on path maintenance and potential disturbance.

There is no denying just how popular and valuable Fleet Pond is to people and their health.”

You can read the interesting things that visitors say about taking walks around Fleet Pond via TripAdvisor here.


Get Close to Nature at Fleet Pond

February 13, 2017

FPS Photo Comp 2014 Liza Toth

Fleet Pond gets a mention in a list of “18 Ideas for Free Cultural Dates in Hampshire” (number 10):

Officially recognised as a site of special scientific interest, Fleet Pond is a wonderful location for Hampshire daters who enjoy spotting different species of butterflies, birds and other wildlife. Access is easy with a train station close by, and there’s even a picturesque picnic area for an inexpensive alfresco meal.

Also, take a look at TripAdvisor for some recent reviews.


TripAdvisor and Fleet Pond

August 4, 2016

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David Pottinger writes:

There have now been 109 reviews of Fleet Pond on TripAdvisor, 62 of which rate it as excellent!

Take a look here for the full list of comments.

Why not add yours?

For a description of three recommended walks (short, medium and long) that are helpfully identified by colour-coded posts along the way, see here.

If you haven’t been to the Pond before, why not try it out this weekend? I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!


Theft From Vehicles – Fleet Pond

July 1, 2016

Fleet Neighbourhood Policing Team issued this message on 30/06/2016:

Dear Residents,

We have had two reports today (30th June) of separate vehicles being broken into in the car park at Fleet Pond. In one incident, a window has been smashed and glove box searched, and in another the vehicle doors have been opened and a bag taken from the back seat.

Since this occurring Police have patrolled the area this afternoon and found several vehicles with windows down and personal stereos on show, and another with the keys left in the ignition.

Please read our advice below which can help deter and prevent this type of crime occurring:

  • When leaving your vehicle, close all windows and lock your car.
  • Check the vehicle is locked by trying the handles.
  • Park your car in an attended car park.
  • Look for public car parks approved by the Park Mark scheme.
  • When parking at home, use your garage. If you don’t have a garage, park in a well-lit area.
  • Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle.
  • Take all your personal possessions with you.
  • Remove sat nav holders and visible sat nav ring marks from windscreens.
  • Leave the glove box open to show there’s nothing inside.
  • Fit an alarm or immobiliser to your car.
  • Do not store your car’s documents in the car.
  • Secure your wheels using locking wheel nuts.

If anyone has any information which could assist with our investigations, they are encouraged to call Police on 101, quoting Police reference 44160243474.

Thank you

Fleet Neighbourhood Policing Team

Message sent by
Darren Guy (Police, PCSO, Hart District)


Discover Fleet Pond Nature Reserve

June 17, 2016

Board 3 Station map

Click to enlarge

You can find more information on the different walks you can take around the Pond here.