Ardingly Reservoir, Ardingly

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Ardingly Reservoir is a 198acre reservoir that feeds the River Ouse located in West Sussex, England 5mi north of Haywards Heath. The villages of Ardingly and Balcombe are immediately to the east and north of the reservoir respectively. The reservoir was created in 1978 by damming Shell Brook, a tributary of the River Ouse which flows into the Ouse about 500m south of the Reservoir.The reservoir is filled with water pumped from the River Ouse when river flows are high. The water is stored in the reservoir before being treated and distributed to consumers.The Ardingly Activity Centre provides watersports for the public including wind surfing, canoeing, powerboating and dinghy sailing.The reservoir is a popular fishing venue offering 3mi of freshwater fishing for carp, tench, pike, roach, rudd, eel, gudgeon, European perch and bream.The west bank of the reservoir is private property of the Balcombe Estate but the north, south and east shores offer public rights of way and bridleways. Ornithologists are catered for with two bird hides situated on the east bank.
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  • If you want a long walk in beautiful suroundings then Ardingly Reservoir is the place to walk. It will take a couple of hours to get completely around, but its worth it.  more »
  • If you just want to walk around, have a picnic and enjoy the sights and sounds of the water this is a great place. It’s also a wonderful place if you want to get out onto the water itself. Very shelte...  more »
  • Stunning scenery, unobtrusive signs and fantastic bird life. I had a lovely visit here with family and friends and found it a perfect venue, even in winter. Not being a great twitcher or having a grea...  more »
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  • It is quite lake. Plenty of walk path around area. There is no walk path to go around lake though. It was nice day out with picnic. Would like to come in Autumn time again.
  • Great spot - will bring a picnic next time! Google directions to here not the best, directed me to a stable and only found it agreeing phoning someone who knew where it was.
  • Been here many times, just amazing for a nice walk
  • Beautiful autumn walk around the lake. Very pretty, picnic areas, lots of birds and geese. Ample parking. Be lovely summer spot. Great walk for dogs
  • Great place for family walk.
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