Enjoy an easy circular walk around this pretty reservoir near Oxford. The walk starts from the car park and visitor centre on the eastern side of the lake. You then pick up the path which takes you to attractive woodland, Thames riverside meadows and nature reserves. The reservoir is an excellent place for birdwatching. Look out for Ospreys, Red Throated Diver and a variety of other water loving wildlife in the wetland nature reserves situated at the northern end of the site. It's a nice varied walk which runs for nearly 4 miles with great views of the surrounding countryside and the River Thames. You can also see a variety of watersports taking place for most of the year.
The Oxford Green Belt Way and the Thames Path both run past the reservoir so you could pick up one of these long distance routes to continue your walk. Just to the east is the delightful Port Meadow with walking trails by the Thames and Oxford Canal.
Less than a mile to the north east you will find Wytham Woods. There's 1000 acres of mixed woodland to explore on a network of footpaths here.
PostcodeOX2 9NS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Farmoor Reservoir Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Farmoor Reservoir Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Farmoor Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Farmoor Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
After your walk head east to the noteworthy Perch Inn in Binsey for some well earned refreshments. The thatched 17th-century country inn is one of the oldest pubs in Oxford and sits next to the lovely Port Meadow. It has a great menu and a splendid, large garden to sit out and relax in during the warmer months. Notably, the pub was a frequent haunt of Inspector Morse from the famous ITV series of the 80s and 90s. You can find it on Binsey Lane at postcode OX2 0NG.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head a few miles south west of the lake and there's the pretty Cotswolds village of Standlake to explore. Here you can enjoy trails along the River Thames and the River Windrush to Newbridge and the picturesque Shifford Lock. There's also a fine 350 year old pub to visit in the village afterwards.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Oxfordshire Walks page.