COVID 19 update
Our recreation site car park and toilets will remain open, following Government guidance. We will continue to monitor this.
Please follow social distancing guidelines, stick to the footpath, and keep a 2 metre distance to ensure the safety of yourself, other visitors and our staff.
Please only visit our recreation sites if you are local to the area.
Please only visit with your household, your bubble, or to meet one other person.
Please act responsibly, stay local and stay safe.
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.