GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ardleigh Reservoir

3 miles (5 km)

This pretty reservoir near Colchester has a nice country lane running along its northern side. You can reach the reservoir from the nearby village of Ardleigh by following Wick Lane and Lodge Lane for about a mile. The path runs right along the lake with nice views across the water to the trees lining its the edge.
The lake is located just to the east of High Woods Country Park where there's woodland, open spaces, ponds, a lake and wildflower meadows.
You could also try our walk around Colchester and visit the castle, the River Colne and several historic sites.


CO7 7PT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Ardleigh Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ardleigh Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head east into Ardleigh village and you could enjoy some post exercise refreshments at the Wooden Fender. The historic pub dates back to the 17th century, serving traditional ales and good home cooked food. They have a lovely large garden where you can enjoy views of the countryside.
You can find them on the Colchester Road with postcode CO7 7PA for your sat navs. They are dog friendly.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Ardleigh Reservoir from Wick Lane - - 55381

Ardleigh Reservoir from Wick Lane. This is a shot of the lake taken from near Fountain Farm. The Reservoir was created in the 1970’s when Colchester’s traditional water source at Lexden Springs became inadequate for the expanding town. The picture was taken from a causeway on Wick Lane looking north east.

Ardleigh Reservoir near Hillhouse Farm - - 55384

Ardleigh Reservoir near Hillhouse Farm. The reservoir is a popular spot for carp and pike fishing.

Ardleigh Reservoir - - 55387

Ardleigh Reservoir. Taken from the end of Lodge Lane. The picture looks west across the water.

Ardleigh Reservoir - - 2131025

An aerial view over the lake and surrounding countryside.

Colchester Road, Ardleigh - - 4171252

Colchester Road in Ardleigh village.

Lodge Lane, Ardleigh - - 1918702

Lodge Lane


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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