Lakeside Country Park
Beach Lake, Lakeside Country Park, Eastleigh.jpg
Beach Lake, one of the three lakes in the park
TypeCountry park
LocationEastleigh, Hampshire, UK
Coordinates50°57′25″N 1°21′50″W / 50.957°N 1.364°W / 50.957; -1.364
Area60 acres (240,000 m2)
Operated byEastleigh Borough Council
StatusOpen all year

Coordinates: 50°57′25″N 1°21′50″W / 50.957°N 1.364°W / 50.957; -1.364

Lakeside Country Park is a country park just south of the town of Eastleigh in Hampshire. The park covers 60 acres[1] and is home to the Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway.

The park is on the site of old gravel workings, with lakes formed from gravel pits.[1] As well as the lakes themselves, the park boasts meadows and some young woodland.[1]

The park is bounded by the Eastleigh urban area to the north, the A335 road to the east, the boundary between Eastleigh and Southampton to the south, and Monks Brook to the west.

Eastleigh Lakeside Railway

Eastleigh Lakeside station is the centre of operations for the Eastleigh Lakeside Railway
Eastleigh Lakeside station is the centre of operations for the Eastleigh Lakeside Railway
Lakeside County Park Railway
Track Layout[2]
Monks Brook Playground
Station and workshops

A dual gauge 10+14 in (260 mm) / 7+14 in (184 mm) light railway was established in the park in 1992, originally as a temporary layout.[3] A more permanent track was laid down in 1993, as the railway company was granted a three-year lease.[3] Five years later, a longer lease was negotiated and construction began on the two stations, Eastleigh Parkway and Monks Brook.[3] They were opened in 1999, although further work on the layout itself was carried out in 2000.[3] A tunnel was added in 2003, and Eastleigh Parkway station was extended in 2005 with the addition of a café and shop.[3]

Number Name Type Railway Gauge Notes Image
1001 The Monarch Steam ELR 10
1001 The Monarch
1001 The Monarch
1002 The Empress Steam Example 10
The Empress
The Empress
1003 Western Queen Steam SBCR 10.25 Under Restoration
Western Queen 1003
Western Queen 1003
2005 Silver Jubilee Steam Example 10
2005 Silver Jubilee
2005 Silver Jubilee
2006 Edward VIII Steam SBCR 10
Edward VIII Train
Edward VIII Train
21C1 Channel Packet Steam SOUTHERN 10
21C1 Channel Packet
21C1 Channel Packet
35004 Cunard White Star Steam SOUTHERN 10.25
35004 ELR
35004 ELR
7 Sandy River Steam ELR 10
Sandy River
Sandy River
70055 Rob Roy Steam British Rail 10
Rob Roy ELR
Rob Roy ELR
850 Lord Nelson Steam SOUTHERN 10
850 Lord Nelson
850 Lord Nelson
4498 Sir Nigel Gresley Steam A4 Pacific 10
Sir Nigel Gresley ELR
Sir Nigel Gresley ELR
10 Sir Arthur Heywood Steam ELR 7.25
Heywood
Heywood
4789 William Baker Steam Atlantic 7.25
3 Francis Henry Lloyd Steam ELR 7.25
1908 Ernest Henry Upton Steam SOUTHERN 10
D1994 Eastleigh Diesel ELR 10
92 Florence Diesel ELR 10
3221 University of Southampton Electric Propulsion ELR 10
N/A David Curwen Steam DR 7.25
761 Taw Steam SOUTHERN 7.25
N/A Sanjo Steam SJAANR 7.25
N/A Idris Steam MHLR 7.25

in service

Water sports centre

In 2014 funding was approved towards the replacement of the lakeside buildings with two new buildings with improved toilets and changing facilities, storage, offices and a multi-purpose function room. The estimated cost of the scheme is £2.5 million, of which £1 million had been allocated from the New Homes Bonus and £371,000 from the Eastleigh Local Area Committee. The new buildings were completed in late 2016.[4]

Open water swimming clubs have been run from the venue since at least 2010,[5] and, as of 2017, swimming sessions are currently operated by HOWL Multisports.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b c Eastleigh Borough Council: Lakeside Country Park Archived 12 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 2 July 2014
  2. ^ "Track Layout".
  3. ^ a b c d e Eastleigh Lakeside Railway: History of the Railway at Lakeside Archived 24 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 21 September 2007
  4. ^ "Plans for a new water sports centre move a step closer". Eastleigh Borough Council. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Free swimming at Eastleigh's Lakeside". Daily Echo. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Open Water Swimming Opens In Hampshire". www.britishtriathlon.org. Retrieved 4 March 2017.