Walthamstow reservoirs

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During these difficult times, we have tried to keep our public spaces open, however with the change in government guidance we have made the hard decision to close all of our directly managed fisheries, nature reserves and birdwatching sites until further notice. We are monitoring the situation and will re-open the sites as soon as it is safe to do so. Read more about our response to the coronavirus.


The Walthamstow reservoirs are located in the Lea Valley close to the centre of London.

About the site

There are ten individual reservoirs that make up Walthamstow Reservoir, some of them are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as they have rich bird habitat and terrestrial fauna. It is internationally recognised for the diverse range of birds that it attracts.

This nature haven in the heart of the capital also offers the budding angler fantastic opportunities to fish specimen Carp Cyprinus carpio, Bream Abramis brama and Chub Leuciscus cephalus and Barbel Barbus in clear waters.

There are also two reservoirs exclusively for fly fishing with both Rainbow Oncorhynchus mykiss and Brown Salmo trutta trout present up to double figures to the lucky few.


For more information about fishing at Walthamstow, please visit the pages below:

Fishing at Walthamstow

Permit details and opening times


Birdwatching is available on all the reservoirs at Walthamstow. A wide range of breeding and migrant species, and wintering waterfowl can be seen.

A highlight of the site is one of the largest heronries in Britain. This has recently attracted the first breeding Little egrets in Greater London. There is also a large colony of cormorants.

The reservoirs are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and are internationally important for their wildfowl.

Day permits cost £1 and annual permits to all Thames Water birdwatching sites cost £10.

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Site facilities

This site is open access.

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Members only Toilets
Car park Accessibility
Refreshments Picnic

How to get there

The Walthamstow reservoirs offer easy and safe access for all visitors, with disabled access on most of the reservoirs.

Car parking and toilets are available.

The entrance is just a seven-minute walk from the Victoria line at Tottenham Hale underground station.


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