GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Weston Turville Reservoir

1 miles (1.7 km)

This walk visits the Weston Turville Reservoir just south of the Buckinghamshire village of the same name.
You can follow pleasant footpaths round the water for a distance of just over a mile. It's a lovely spot with easy flat trails and fine views across the still waters of the lake to the surrounding Chiltern Hills. The site is also home to Aylesbury Sailing Club so you can often see sailboats and dinghies on the water.
The reservoir has an interesting history stretching back to 1797 when it was built as a feeder for the Wendover Canal Arm of the Grand Union Canal. You can easily extend your walk by picking up the canal towpath to the east of the lake.
There are also bird hides around the site where you can look out for various wildfowl including the shoveler duck.

Postcode

HP22 5PS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Weston Turville Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Weston Turville Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head a couple of miles east of the reservoir and you'll find miles of peaceful woodland trails around the expansive Wendover Woods. Here you can enjoy a climb to the high point in the Chilterns at Haddington Hill.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Buckinghamshire Walks page.

Photos

Swan, cygnets and sails - geograph.org.uk - 1335776

Swan, cygnets & sails. A swan with four of his or her cygnets on the launching ramp of Aylesbury Sailing Club on the northern shore of Weston Turville reservoir. The swan's mate was paddling about nearby. The yellow dinghy behind them is a Mirror sporting orange sails adding a dash of colour reflected in the water on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Looking North West from the New Hide, Weston Turville Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 1379365

Looking North West from the New Hide, Weston Turville Reservoir. When the canal from Wendover to Tring was being built in 1797 water was taken from the streams flowing towards Aylesbury and to compensate the water millers this reservoir was built to ensure a year round flow of water to the mills. In 1814 the demand for water on the canal was such that a pumping engine was installed and this was used for about 25 years. By this time the canal company had brought up the milling rights and since then the reservoir has no longer been used to supply water to the canal or water mills. For this reason the water level is now permanently kept at a low level compared with the height of the earth dam.

Weston Turville Reservoir from the West Corner - geograph.org.uk - 1259391

British Waterways have overall responsibility for the reservoir. Aylesbury Sailing Clubhave a boathouse on the north east bank and the body of the lake is used for sailing. Berks, Beds & Oxon Wildlife Trustmanage the surrounding area, which includes woodland round the edges and extensive reed beds, and the are two bird hides. The reservoir is a site of special scientific interest. Prestwood & District Angling Club manage the fishing.

Path through Nature Reserve, Weston Turville Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 1379525

A pleasant woodland path through the Nature Reserve

The South West Bank of Weston Turville Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 1259475

The South West Bank.A private footpath runs along at water level leading to fishing platforms in the reed beds. There is a higher level footpath running through the trees.

Looking West from the New Hide, Weston Turville Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 1379390

Looking West from the New Hide

Looking South East from the New Hide, Weston Turville Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 1379409

Looking South East from the New Hide

Fishing Bays along the Earth Dam, Weston Turville Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 1259461

Fishing Bays along the Earth Dam. Because the level of water in the reservoir is closely controlled it has been possible to create a series of uniform fishing platforms, separated by clumps of reeds, along the edge of the earth dam.

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