Great days out at our sites

Our reservoirs and sites can make great family days out.

Whether it is fishing from a boat on Farmoor reservoir surrounded by the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, pond dipping at the London Wetland Centre, sailing on the Queen Mother reservoir in west London or spotting rare birds at one of our internationally recognised nature reserves - there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Our sites - large and small - are spread out across London and the Thames Valley and some may be closer than you think!

You can participate in various activities on our sites


Many of our sites provide a great opportunity to see a wide range of bird species. Some are important for birds at both a nationally and international level. There are birdwatching sites to suit both experts and beginners.

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We have excellent coarse and game fishing opportunities at some of our reservoirs. You can enjoy fantastic coarse and trout fishing at London's largest fishery on the Walthamstow Reservoirs, and some of the counties best quality fly-fishing at Oxfordshire's Farmoor Reservoir. You can also join one of many angling clubs using our sites.

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With a long history of providing drinking water and sanitation in London and the Thames Valley, we have many fascinating buildings, steam pumping engines and a wealth of industrial heritage for visitors to explore.

Nature reserves

Our sites hold a rich array of wildlife; many are managed as nature reserves, often in partnership with conservation groups. Our nature reserves range from nationally important grassland in the Cotswolds, an island in the tidal Thames, to the last remnants of London's grazing marshes at Crossness - one of the remaining strongholds for water voles in the country. From wetland habitat to managed grassland and sites of scientific special interest there is a wealth of nature to be observed at our nature reserves.


The large, open expanses of water on our reservoirs provide excellent places to sail. Whether it's dinghy sailing or windsurfing, expert or beginner, the clubs using our sites offer great opportunities for everyone.


From long-distance paths to local walks, in the peaceful countryside or through the inner city, we have several routes you can follow.

Other activities

From climbing walls to rifle shooting - our sites offer something for everyone.

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