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Farmoor Reservoir, Oxford

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Farmoor Reservoir is a reservoir at Farmoor, Oxfordshire, England, about 5 miles (8 km) outside the city of Oxford. It is close to the left bank of the River Thames. Like most of the reservoirs in the Thames Valley, it was not formed by damming a valley. In this case the banks were raised above the local ground level using material excavated from within the bowl of the reservoir.
The reservoir is split into Stage 1 (completed 1967, 4,544 million litres) and Stage 2 (completed 1976, 9,298 million litres). Among other locations, Farmoor supplies the large town of Swindon, some 25 miles (40 km) to the southwest. The reservoir is filled from the River Thames.
The reservoir is used for sports: fishing (especially fly-fishing for rainbow and brown trout), dinghy sailing and windsurfing. Oxford Sailing Club and the Oxford and District School Sailing Association are based there. There is also access for bird watching and walking.

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  • I went there on our way back to Oxford and I was surprised to find that you can't cycle around the reservoir. The waves are big and it tends to be rather windy, so make sure to take a jumper with you....  more »
  • Farmoor reservoir offers great Sailing, Bird Watching, Fishing and flat paths for a level walk. Wheelchair access is good. Lots of accessible loos. Hackett’s Outside Catering run the café at Farmoor R...  more »
  • Had a good stroll around here last Saturday afternoon. Ample parking. There was a great little cafe selling hot and cold food, teas, coffees and cold drinks. Lots of boating, canoeing action going on ...  more »
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  • Excellent days fishing
  • I love the fly fishing here although the helpfulness of the staff is as variable as the fishing. Good prices and great fish
  • Lovely place to walk dogs. Including parking areas.
  • Really good value! Beautiful in the sunshine and a good walk. Will come back for a picnic.
  • Great place for an evening walk during summer. Wonderful to walk with Water on both sides. There’s a restaurant as well & toilet facilities available
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