Walk on the wild side: Explore Knighton Reserve

Silverlake's newly designated SANG Knighton Reserve is a wildlife paradise that promises to enchant nature lovers and adventurers alike. This former quarry has been thoughtfully transformed into a blooming oasis that is teeming with rare bird species and abundant local wildlife.

For the first time ever, the reserve will be accessible to the local community, guests, and homeowners. With a variety of trails to choose from, ranging from short routes such as Pooch’s Place to longer distance trails such as the combined Knighton Reserve route, there are routes for everyone to explore. So, pull on some walking shoes, take a deep breath of fresh air, and get ready to embark on a journey of discovery through this enchanting wildlife haven.

Pooch’s Place

Named after the famous Pilot Officer Pooch - a large, white bull terrier, owned by Sergeant Edmund Sharp, who was stationed at Silverlake, when it was a WW11 air base - Pooch’s Place is a brand-new trail in Knighton Reserve, offering a 1km circular path for cyclists, horse riders, and dogs to enjoy. The area is fully fenced, ensuring that dogs can play and socialise off-lead safely, making for a stress-free outing. Dogs can unleash their energy safely as they frolic around Pooch's Pond or make a splash in the dog swimming zone to cool off on a hot day. Visitors can take in the scenery and spot diverse wildlife that call the reserve home, from Peregrine falcons soaring overhead to waterfowl swimming in the Knighton Reserve Lakes. Don't forget to head south to Barlow's Bluff observation point for mesmerising panoramic views of the Reserve.

The Knighton Reserve

Visitors looking for a picturesque walk to enjoy alongside furry friends should opt for the Knighton Reserve walking route. This 2.6km circular route takes visitors through Knighton Reserve, offering plenty of scenic stops along the way. They can marvel at the views from Larus Lookout and Peregrine Point, explore the enchanting Knighton Heath Woods, and keep an eye out for waterfowl and Sand Martins on the picturesque lakes. It's important for visitors to note that dogs must be kept on a lead throughout the walk. The route concludes by rejoining the bridleway and returning to the car park. 

The combined Pooch’s Place and Knighton Reserve route is a thrilling 2.9km trail, perfect for exploring the great outdoors. Starting from the car park, visitors can head south to the Barlow's Bluff observation point before continuing west to join the bridleway. As visitors make their way into Knighton Reserve, dogs will need to be kept on a lead, but during this stretch, make sure to stop at the two observation points that offer unbeatable bird watching opportunities. Expect to catch a glimpse of Woodlark, Linnet, and Dartford Warbler, adding to the excitement of seeing the beautiful Dorset landscapes.                                      

Those in search of a longer walk should opt for the 4km long distance trail, a must-do for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. The trail takes visitors through Pooch’s Place and Knighton Reserve, with stunning views of the nearby lakes and abundant waterfowl. At the Larus Lookout observation point, visitors can take in a breathtaking vista and witness an array of bird species in their natural habitat. Continuing along the trail to the Lapwing Look observation point, visitors can experience even more birdwatching opportunities. The trail then connects to the Bridleway and leads through to the enchanting Knighton Heath Woods, where visitors can spot the elusive Treecreeper and Nuthatch as well as some spectacular Woodlark and Skylark. As the trail winds around, visitors can immerse themselves in the picturesque surroundings before heading back to the car park.   

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