a station-by-station guide for UK tourist attractions


National Rail | Bursledon BUO | Swanwick SNW

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Bursledon station is closer to some attractions but more trains stop at Swanwick. Bursledon is a village on the River Hamble. Swanwick is pronounced 'Swanick' (the second w is silent).

OS Explorer Map for this area: Meon Valley

Bursledon Windmill 1¼ miles (Swanwick 3 miles)

A restored and working tower mill dating from 1814 with wooden machinery. Guided tours of the mill. Reconstructed traditional timber-framed barn and granary. Nature trail.
Open Mar-Nov, SSu 1000-1600.

River Hamble Country Park 1¼ miles (Swanwick 3 miles)

Ancient woodland beside the River Hamble with bluebells in spring and colourful leaves in autumn. Surfaced trails. Play area. Refreshment Kiosk during school holidays. Admission free. Manor Farm is on the far side of the Country Park (see Botley station).
Open at all times.

Swanwick Lakes 1¼ miles from both stations

A nature reserve of woodland and lakes created from old clay workings and now managed for wildlife and education. A good place for bird watching and to see wildflowers and dragonflies. The waymarked trails are surfaced but other paths may be muddy after wet weather. Free admission.
Open at all times.

Brickworks Museum 1¼ miles (Swanwick 1½ miles)

The Brickworks was still steam driven when it closed in 1974 and all the machinery is still present and working (although bricks are no longer made). Collections of bricks and tiles showing developments in the industry. Activity and exhibition areas. Narrow-gauge railway operating on some event days (see website). Café and picnic area. Events programme.
Open Jun-Oct, WTh 1100-1600, see website for steam-up dates.

Bursledon map