Pitsford Reservoir - Pitsford Water Park, Northampton

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Pitsford Water or Pitsford Reservoir is a 413 hectare reservoir and biological Site of Special Scientific Interest east of Brixworth in Northamptonshire. It is owned by Anglian Water, which manages it as a water park for walking, cycling, fishing, sailing and birdwatching. An area of 181 hectares north of the causeway which divides the reservoir is the Pitsford Water Nature Reserve, which is managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.History and locationThe reservoir was built in 1956 to supply the town of Northampton, which is about 6 miles to the south. Holcot bridge was drowned when it filled and was replaced by a causeway a quarter mile further south. The water is the 34th largest in England and Wales, with a surface area of 2.85 square miles. The reservoir is near the village of Pitsford, from which it is named. It is also close to Brixworth village and Brixworth Country Park, with Holcot on its eastern side.EcologyThis is the largest body of water in the county, and is used by wintering wildfowl, including the northern shoveler in nationally important numbers. Over 60 species of birds breed on the site, such as the great crested grebe, little grebe, teal, kingfisher and reed warbler.
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  • Lovey park and walks. Would avoid cafe, service what service. Staff need to be taught some customer care and how to smile. Most miserable lot ever seen. Take a picnic.  more »
  • Really good path for a cycle ride or a walk. Good cafe at car park and coffee/ice cream van the other side. Car park is expensive but easy to park in the village and walk or cycle down.  more »
  • This is a pleasant 6 mile round walk but beware bikes. And midges in some seasons. Parking is stupidly expensive for a short stay.  more »
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  • Walk/cycle around here a lot. Always pass friendly people on our way round. We really enjoy it. Paths are always clear and well maintained. Parking is a bit pricey, can only buy 24 hours which isn't much good.
  • If you like walking/cycling, this is great place for you. The nature reserve is also a very well kept secret, seven miles of walking with piece and quiet, with lots of wildlife every corner you turn.
  • Great open space with walks and cycleways and play area for the children and a cafe and cycle hire.
  • A really good cycle around, getting lots of fresh air - great
  • Excellent venue

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