Farmoor Reservoir is a man-made reservoir situated ~five miles west of Oxford and is the largest one of its kind in Oxfordshire. You can see the vast blue as you drive down hill towards Farmoor (coming from Abingdon), which got my son excited, as he thought he will be able to do boating. Alas.. that was not the case, but the walk and the views around the reservoir were lovely. It was exceptionally windy, not sure if its always the case, and also cold, so please make sure you dress up warmly. I truly felt like I was on the coast, with heavy waves and strong winds. There were many windsurfers around, some struggling, some going around at high speed. It made for an interesting watch. I could have sat there all day just watching them if it werent for my mini me (and the cold… brrrr)
The reservoir is actually split into two by a central path. The entire circle is around four mile but you can make it shorter by going around reservoir 1 (1.7 miles) or reservoir 2 ( 2.4 miles). The walk starts from the visitor car park, which is quite close to the partition between the two, so you can easily choose which way you want to go.
The walk itself is lovely, surrounded by beautiful countryside with woodland views. There are three nature reserves adjacent to the perimeter; Pinkhill, Shrike and Buckthorne meadow, each offering an array of habitat between them. There are some bird hides spotted round the walk, so make sure you take your binoculars with you. As long as you stick to the main paths, which is what we did, it is buggy friendly. We didn’t do the country side walk but will definitely return in the summer.
There is plenty to do around the reservoir. Activities include birdwatching, trout fly-fishing, sailing, and windsurfing. They also offer lessons for sailing and wind surfing. Cycling is not allowed but I saw children on scooties.
🗺Farmoor Reservoir Car Park, Cumnor, Oxford OX2 9NU
🚘 The car park is a ‘pay on exit’ system and costs £2 per day, although it was free on the day we visited (I believe until the new year but I could be wrong)
🚻 Toilets available
🍕Cafe on site, which sells some hot food, but there was none available when we went in (around 3 PM). We were happy with the hot chocolate though
🦽Buggy accessible if you stuck to the main paths.
🐕 Dogs not allowed around the reservoir path, but only in the country side, and that too only on leads
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