Experience a taste of the countryside at Westwood Local Nature Reserve. Not far from the bustle of Southampton’s city centre, Westwood is a tranquil green open space offering fresh air, natural delights and a surprising history.
An enchanting blend of ancient woodlands and rolling grasslands covers 150 acres next to the captivating Netley Abbey. Discover a flourishing wildlife in the rich mix of natural habitats; explore a fascinating local heritage; and enjoy some beautiful views across Southampton Water towards the lush New Forest.
Westwood’s rangers run a fun programme of guided walks, events and school activities throughout the year. From exploring native wildflowers on a woodland walk to building your own camp fire on a bushcraft session, Westwood’s events are great for all the family.
You can also explore Westwood simply strolling through the woodland paths. There are two way marked trails for walkers, and a designated cycle route. Picnic sites offer a tranquil resting place, and from atop the Mound and the Grange Fields you can enjoy sensational views across Southern Hampshire.
Westwood is open daily, and entry is free. Free car parking is available at Weston Shore Car Park and Netley’s Mill House Pub. All entrances have kissing-gates: permit holding horse riders and specialised mobility vehicles can gain access through larger locked gates, for more information, tel 02380 402534.
We are happy to adjust our guided walks for wheelchair access and, although some of our events are unsuitable for wheelchair users, we will do all we can to help. If you wish to attend one of our events or walks with a wheelchair, please contact us in advance, tel 02380 402534.. A wheelchair accessible self-guided route runs from Weston Shore Car Park marked by blue arrows.
We welcome dogs at Westwood. During breeding season we request dogs be kept on leads in certain areas to protect ground-nesting birds; these areas are clearly marked. Please use the dog bins located across the site.