Important safety notice: Updated 08/12/2021
Unfortunately Storm Arwen has blown down or caused damage to trees around Thirlmere. For public safety we will need to close some areas and footpaths while our team assess the extent of the damage and arrange for specialist contractors to carry out recovery work.
The West Road – Currently closed
Under an Emergency closure from Dobgil to the North A591 junction. We intend to open the road back up in sections to try and provide as much access as safely possible.
Lakeshore footpath – Currently closed
This will open up in sections as the west road does.
PROW Armboth–Whatendlath - Access to it is not possible due to the wind blow on the West road.
This will remain the case until further notice.
All other footpaths remain open.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Originally two smaller lakes, the Manchester City Corporation Waterworks purchased the lakes in 1889 and dammed the area, creating Thirlmere reservoir. The damming of the reservoir resulted in the submergence of two villages; Armboth and Wythburn.
The reservoir supplies water to Manchester with a low level circular route to walk around. There are more challenging routes in the surrounding fells with the Helvellyn Ridge to the east, providing stunning scenery.
Thirlmere reservoir offers a peaceful escape and is a great place to spot red squirrels, being a designated red squirrel reserve.
Keswick, CA12 4TW.
Tel: 017687 72334
Open all day, every day.
Car parks are 'Pay and Display'. Coins only, tickets transferable in United Utilities car parks on day of issue.
A591: Swirls and Wythburn
West Road: Steel End, Dob Gill and Armboth
Reservoir circular route suitable for cycling. Fell and forest trails suitable for mountain biking.
|Toilets located at Armboth, Dob Gill and Swirls car parks - but closed in Winter||Bridleways available as shown on the OS map of the area.||For event access or advice contact our Northern Catchment Team by emailing us or calling 01768 772 334.||Picnic areas are available across sites|
|Circular route around the reservoir with more challenging routes in the surrounding fells.||No camping is allowed on our land, on lay-bys or car parks|
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