We’re at the time of year when the evenings are light enough for a short walk after work or after dinner. But where to go? Somewhere that’s not too far away, doesn’t need a map to navigate around, and is more interesting than wandering round a housing estate.
How about Fleming Park?
Fleming Park? Really?
To many people, Fleming Park is synonymous with the sports centre; it’s where you go to swim, play badminton or squash (I don’t do any of those). But the building (and its under-construction replacement) cover only a small area of the site. Fleming Park stretches the entire length of Passfield Avenue and includes all-weather playing surfaces, football pitches, a cricket square, and a children’s play area and paddling pool.
But unless you are a runner or dog-walker, you may not have ventured beyond the line of beech trees, over the Monks Brook, and discovered the scenery of the old golf course.
This area is maintained as a semi-wild parkland and provides a scenic and tranquil venue for a stroll. There are wildflowers to see, such as these cowslips.
The grass is mown to a longer length than the sports side part of the park, and a mile-long path winding round the perimeter provides a dry walkway in all weathers.
There are still remnants of the park’s previous life, such as raised teeing-off areas and the occasional notice …
… but in recent months Eastleigh Borough Council has removed many of the non-indigenous trees that screened the parallel fairways, giving the park a more natural look.
And now is a good time to enjoy these trees in their spring beauty.
And if you go there during the day, you can visit the Blackbird Café for a drink or light snack. I can recommend the bacon baps. And, something that is beyond the capability of CostaBucksNero#1 – recyclable takeaway cups!
All photos were taken by the author and are © Chandler’s Ford Today.