Hampshire

Brockenhurst | Setley Pond | Southampton Common | Gosport | Eastleigh | Southsea | Basingstoke | Farnborough

Town: Brockenhurst

County: Hampshire

Directions:
On A337 between Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst there is a petrol station on the east side just N of Brockenhurst, and a gravel road leading onto National Trust land almost opposite on the west side. Go a short distance down the track and there is another track off to the left signposted Setley Pond.

Type: Pond

Size: medium/large

Shoreline access: all round but you will have to wade and fight through bushes.

Depth: waders.

Restrictions: none I know of.

Club; no.

Open access: yes.

Facilities: car park, nothing else. Bushes.

Anything else: Natural pond, irregularly shaped, sloping banks of sand and gravel. Slope of shore means that you canít retrieve a boat with a keel unless you wade in wearing wellies. You can paddle on a sunny day (I did) but the gravel is sharp to tread on. Parts of the bank are obscured by bushes, slopes and trees. Furthermore there is a sandbank in the middle that your boat could get stranded on, in which case you are in for some deep wading/swimming. I found all this a bit nerve-wracking for free sailing, but it is a popular spot, apparently, sometimes visited by clubs. There were moored buoys as used by R/C sailors for triangular course racing.

Posted by Andy Tribble [27.09.2004]

Updated by Steve Withers [05.07.2005]:

Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): NO IC THEY SAY NO POWER BOATS BUT THEY DO GET ON THE POND !
Anything else to add?: THE CLUB MEETS ON SUNDAYS 10 TILL 12
AND AGAIN ON THURSDAYS 10 TILL 12 THEY HAVE SAIL BOATS BUT AM UNSURE WHEN THEY MEET.

Updated by Richard Densham [14.08.2011]:

Your first entry under Hampshire and Brockenhurst is actually Setley Pond, home to Solent Radio Control Model Boat Club and is south of Brockenhurst not North. http://www.srcmbc.org.uk/

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Location - Town: Setley Pond, Nr. Lymington
Location - County: Hampshire
Description/directions to location: On A337 between Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst there is a petrol station on the east side just N of Brockenhurst, and a gravel road leading onto National Trust land almost opposite on the west side. Go a short distance down the track and there is another track off to the left signposted Setley Pond.

Updated directions 17 Oct 2010: The lake is located South for Brockenhurst on the A337, just North of Lymington. And the road is tarmac and then you turn left onto a gravel road. The Petrol satation no longer serves petrol, and is just a hand car washing facility. Doug Harrison.

Type: Pond
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other faculties - please list: Car park
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Website
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): No IC or Power boats! But you do see fast electric power boats.
Anything else to add?: The Yachting Section meets at the lake on Tuesday and Friday Mornings at 10 am and the Scale Section on Thursday and Sunday mornings at 10 am, and a very friendly welcome is extended to all visitors - there are also regular visits from New Forest ponies and cattle that come to drink at the pond.

Posted by Steve Withers [31.07.2005]

Updated [07.05.2006]:

Hi There,
I am the Scale Captain of the Solent Model Boat Club , Home water Setley Pond Hampshire. Just to update your records, the club use the pond for Scale Sailing Thursdays and Sundays, the Sailing Section race on Tuesday and Friday Mornings and First Wed of the month.
Forestry Commission has imposed restriction to NO IC or Fast Racing Electrics. Wardens Patrol the pond regularly to ensure compliance also Public Liability Insurance is required by Forestry Ruling.
As the club pays to use the pond, members have priority to frequencies etc on club days over visitors, however we do try to accommodate whenever possible. We have a membership of 90+ in the Scale Section, 40 in the Sailing Section so it is advisable to have more than one frequency available if visiting.

Regards

David McNair-Taylor
Scale Captain, Solent RCMYC

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Southampton Common

County: Hampshire

Description/directions: Southampton Common is on the A33 running through Southampton, nearly 2 miles north of the sea front and you're still in the centre of the built-up area Ė Southampton is a big place. The road through it is called The Avenue and the nearest car park is at the junction with Northlands Road, then it's about 400 yards walk in a northerly direction. Don't confuse it with the 2 other lakes also on the Common.

Type: Purpose-built boat pond.

Size: large, oval.

Shoreline access: 100%, concrete. But see Trevor's comment below.

Boat club: not that I can find

Open public access Yes.

Trevor Smith reports:

"I made a visit on 16th November 2003 and found very little water depth and the pond was infested with Canadian pondweed, so a great disappointment."

Listed by Andy Tribble, 12.04.2006

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Gosport, Hampshire

Big purpose built pond, 100% access, details on the club website at:

http://www.communigate.co.uk/hants/gosportmybc/

Very clear picture on Google Maps, west of the Marina and south of South Street.

Listed by Andy Tribble, 03.05.2006

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Eastleigh, Twyford Waterworks

County: Hampshire

Description/directions: Twyford Waterworks is approx half a mile east of Twyford village on Hazeley Road. If you have an O.S. map the grid ref is SU 502 253, Landranger sheet 185.

Coming from the north A34 / A33, join M3 at J9-southbound, continue past Winchester, through the Twyford Down cutting and then exit immediately at J11. Turn left at the traffic lights below the motorway onto the B3335 to Twyford village, (1 1/2 miles). Turn left at the lights into Hazeley road, we are half a mile along here on the right, you can't miss the chimney.

Coming from the east A31 / A272, follow the A31 as far as you can to the Spitfire link road roundabout adjacent to the M3. Turn left here and at the next roundabout (3/4 mile), join the M3 southbound at J10. Be prepared to leave the motorway at J11 (3/4 mile), and follow directions as above to Twyford village.

Coming from the south leave M3 at J11 and turn right at the roundabout back towards the M3. Pass Hockley Viaduct on your left until you reach the traffic lights (1 mile). Turn right here, under the M3 on to the B3335 and follow directions as above to Twyford village.

Coming from the west A3090, follow road to outskirts of Winchester, then follow signs to M3. At J11 roundabout head M3 northbound, past Hockley Viaduct until you reach the traffic lights (1 mile). Turn right here, under the M3 on to the B3335 and follow directions as above to Twyford village.

Type: Square pool in former waterworks now run by volunteer Trust
(http://www.hants.gov.uk/twt/index.html) and open to public every Sunday. Free access when engines aren't running, £3 per adult when engines are in steam (under 16's free).

Size: medium.

Shoreline access: 100%, concrete.
Boat club: Eastleigh & District Model Boat Club. http://www.hants.gov.uk/twt/boatingpond.html

Open public access: see above.

Other facilities: loos, tea and buns, lots of events, see http://www.hants.gov.uk/twt/news.html, personally I fancy the Railway and Organ Day!

Listed by Andy Tribble, 24.07.2006

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Southsea

County: Hampshire

Description/directions: On the sea front at Southsea.

Type: Purpose-built boat pond.

Size: Large.

Multimap

Shoreline access: 100%, concrete.

Boat club: Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team (www.pmbdt.co.uk) operate hand built, radio controlled vessels which are used to stage dramatic sea battles, including the use of pyrotechnics.

Open public access Yes.

Other facilities: a small and rather rickety fairground on the sea front.

Trevor Smith reports:

"On the sea front at Southsea behind the prom.This lake is sometimes called Portsmouth but most of my cards are denoted "Canoe lake, Southsea." Been there over 100 years but as a problem of moored pedal boats in the middle, salt water and rather dirty."

WikiPedia has an entry, the first I've found for a boat pond!

"Canoe Lake is the last remnant of an area of marsh and open water known as the Great Morass, drained in 1886, which much of Southsea now sits on. The lake is topped up from the sea by opening a sluice at high tide. Crabs and fish find their way in, and attract fisherkids equipped with a piece of bacon on a string. When undisturbed there are regularly Swan and Mallard, with less frequent visits from Tufted Duck, Mediterranean Gull, Cormorant and Little Grebe. In summer pedalos can be rented on the Lake and Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team meet there regularly at weekends and re-enact dramatic sea battles."

Listed by Andy Tribble, 05.08.2006

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Location - Town: Basingstoke
Location - County: Hampshire
Description/directions to location: Eastrop. Past the Police station (on your left), turn next left, follow road to end. Both lakes on left hand side.
Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Wellies"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: toilets, koisk hot/cold food & drinks.
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): None as far as i know. I run both electric and i.c.
Anything else to add?: Nice model boating lake, larger boating lake with rowing boat hire during summer. Childrens playground, nice gardens & grass area. Walking distance of town centre.

Listed by Tim, 02.10.2006

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Updated 22.12.2007:

Basingstoke, Hampshire

Eastrop Park, Eastrop Way

Purpose built model boat pond, medium sized.

100% access to banks. Free public access to park.

Trevor Smith writes:

"There are two ponds, one very large but with only 12" depth of water which is used for hiring rowing boats.

An adjacent smaller pond with 28" deep water is the designated model boat pond. It has a small island and a couple of barley bails to keep the water clear. If you intend to use a freesailing yacht it would be prudent to have a pair of waders in the boot of your car.

The free car park is close to the pond and the public toilets are excellent all with the disabled in mind. A most pleasant location, I wish I lived nearer to it. It is the home water of the Basingstoke Model Boat Club."

Location: north of Eastrop Way and south of Churchill Way East, just west of the main A339 road which is the exit from the M3 motorway for Basingstoke.

Google Map coverage hasn't reached it yet but it's on Multimap

You can download a council leaflet about the park [PDF].

www.basingstokembc.co.uk

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Anything to add or amend?