GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Pitsford Reservoir Walk

6 miles (10 km)

This circular walk takes you around the lovely Pitsford Reservoir in Brixworth Northamptonshire. The waterside trail runs for just over 6 miles on a nice flat, surfaced path. It will probably take around 3-4 hours to complete the circuit.
Start the walk from the car park and visitor centre at Brixworth Country Park on the eastern side of the water. Then head east to the village of Holcot where you cross the water on the causeway. Other paths will then take you along the northern edge of the water to the car park.
The area is designated as a nature reserve so you can look out for a variety of wildlife on the way. Keep your eyes peeled for Little egrets, Great crested grebes and Goldeneye as you make your way through this lovely area.

Pitsford Reservoir Postcode

NN6 9DG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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

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Brixworth Park has a nice on site cafe for post walk refreshments. It serves a good range of snacks and sandwiches and has some tables outside for finer days.
If you fancy a pit stop on the route then head into Holcot and visit the White Swan. It's a friendly pub with a good menu and a nice outdoor seating area to relax in. It's located on the Main Street in the village at postcode NN6 9SP.

The park is an excellent place for a dog walk and you will likely see several other owners with their pets. The path is well surfaced so it will prevent your dog from getting muddy even on wetter days. It's advised to keep them on leads though as there are cyclists and wildlife to consider.

The Brampton Valley Way runs just to the west of the reservoir. This shared cycling and walking trail is a great way to continue your exercise. It runs from Northampton to Market Harborough along the trackbed of a disused railway line and is well signed throughout. The Midshires Way can also be picked up near here at Chapel Brampton.
For shorter walk off the beaten track head a few miles west to the peaceful Ravensthorpe Reservoir.

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Photos

Pitsford Water Nature Reserve - geograph.org.uk - 185975

Pitsford Water Nature Reserve. Looking west across the Scaldwell arm of the reservoir from a track around the perimeter. Access to this part of the reservoir is by permit only, obtainable from the Fishing Lodge at the Holcot end of the causeway.

Balloons over Pitsford Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 138165

Balloons over Pitsford Reservoir

Dam - geograph.org.uk - 61027

Dam at the end of Pitsford Water. Taken from the South East end. The reservoir spillway is in the foreground. Taken in October 2005

Pitsford Water - geograph.org.uk - 60997

Nice view over the water in late summer

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