GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Whittle Dene Reservoir

4 miles (5.7 km)

Enjoy a circular walk around this scenic group of reservoirs next to Hadrian's Wall. The area is also a nature reserve with good wildlife spotting opportunites.
The walk starts from the roadside parking area in between the reservoirs. You can then follow country lanes, bridleways and a section of the Hadrian's Wall Path around the water. The route runs for just under 4 miles with nice views across the water to the surrounding hills and countryside. The lakes are a popular spot for fishing and also attract various water loving birds. Look out for Great crested grebe, wigeon, lapwing and tufted duck as you make your way around the site.


NE18 0LH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Whittle Dene Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Whittle Dene Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in the area head west along the wall and then turn south to visit Corbridge. There's a fascinating Roman camp and nice trails along the River Tyne to Riding Mill here. If you head east you can visit the Tyne Riverside Country Park in Ovingham near Newcastle.
To the north west there's a few more reservoirs to explore including Hallington Reservoir and Colt Crag Reservoir. The latter has some nice waterside nature trails with notable wildlife including red squirrels, roe deer, otters and great crested grebes. Just to the north of Colt Crag there's also Sweethope Loughs where you'll find two nice fishing lakes with woodland and waterside paths.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Tyne and Wear Walks page.


Culvert at Whittle Dene Reservoirs - - 1027782

Culvert at Whittle Dene Reservoirs. Whittle Dene are a series of reservoirs built to serve Newcastle and Gateshead. Seen from Hadrians Wall National Trail

Aqueduct leading to Whittle Dene Reservoirs - - 1035860

Aqueduct leading to Whittle Dene Reservoirs. This part of an intricate network of watercourses/aqueducts that link Reservoirs at Colt Crag, Hallington and Whittle Dene and all were built in the later part of the 1800s. This aqueduct is taking water to the Whittle Dene Reservoirs. Most of the these aqueducts are open water courses but in some areas tunnels are used to ensure that farming activities can still be carried out

Bridge at Whittle Dene Reservoirs - - 1027780

This bridge carries the Military Road B6318 over the causeway and channel between the Great Northern Reservoir and other reservoirs in the Whittle Dene complex.

Northern Reservoir, Whittle Dene Reservoirs - - 1027784

The Northern Reservoir. Not to be confused with the Great Northern Reservoir which lies on the north side of the Military Road, B6318. A popular destination for anglers and bird watchers.

Superintendant's House, Whittle Dene Reservoirs (Horsley) - - 1035861

Superintendant's House (Horsley). The house was built in 1848 by John Dobson for the Newcastle and Gateshead Water Company. It was built in Tudor style with an octagonal tower. The room in the tower was used as a meeting room by the company directors.

Erosion control on Hadrian's Wall National Trail - - 1027879

Erosion control on Hadrian's Wall National Trail. Erosion is a serious problem at many points along the very popular Hadrians Wall National Trail. Over many of the wettest sections, flagstones have been laid to assist walkers. Elsewhere, especially towards the eastern end of the Trail, where the Trail runs in a narrow strip fenced off from the adjacent fields, PVC "honeycombs" have been laid down. In this image, honeycombs have been stored by the side of the Trail preparatory to laying them on the path. This view is looking eastwards towards Harlow Hill; to the right of the hedge is the post-Roman Military Road B6318.

Whittle Dean Reservoir, Northumberland - - 100485

This is a view of the Western reservoir

Whittle Dene Information Board - - 954473

A handy information board at the site. Shows a map of the area and pictures of the various birds you can see here.


GPS Files

GPX File

Whittle Dene Reservoir.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Whittle Dene Reservoir.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)