Enjoy a circular walk around Wilstone Reservoir on this pleasant route in Buckinghamshire.
The area is a significant wildfowl sanctuary with a huge range of species to look out for. Highlights include great bittern, blackcap, black-headed gull, black-necked grebe, black-tailed godwit, black tern, blue tit, Cetti's warbler, common chiffchaff, corn bunting, common crane, common sandpiper, common scoter, common snipe and Eurasian curlew.
The walk starts from the car park on the northern side of the lake, just south of Wilstone village. From here you can pick up footpaths taking you around the water towards Drayton Beauchamp and Little Tring. After rounding the reservoir you can continue north to visit the village and meet with the Grand Union Canal. You can then return to the car park on footpaths around the farmland in Chapel End.
PostcodeHP23 4PA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Wilstone Reservoir Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Wilstone Reservoir Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Wilstone Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Wilstone Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
It's a nice place to walk the dog but it's probably best to keep them on leads with all the wildlife.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The longer Tring Reservoirs Walk visits the other local lakes in the group. These include Startops End, Marsworth and Tringford just to the east.
Just to the east of the lake you'll find a significant local historical site at Pitstone Windmill. The National Trust owned mill dates back to the 17th century and as is Grade II listed. For a small fee you can explore both the inner and outer workings of the mill and learn about the grinding of the flour in the milling process. The climb to the iconic Ivinghoe Beacon also starts from the windmill car park. From here you can enjoy wonderful views over the surrounding area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Chilterns Walks and Buckinghamshire Walks pages.