Public access around Thirlmere

Important safety notice: Updated 31/03/2022

Following several storm events, the Thirlmere catchment experienced extensive damage and fallen trees around the estate.  Our team and specialist contractors are continuing to carry out complex tree recovery and repair work.

We've been working to safely open areas around Thirlmere as quickly as possible, however there are still some areas which need to remain closed. The scale and locations experiencing damage have been challenging and unfortunately, a section of the west road will remain closed while further safety surveys are carried out.

If travelling from the south along the road on the western side of Thirlmere, access is available up to Dob Gill car park and up to Armboth car park from the north. The section between will not be open for through traffic, pedestrians or cyclists. 

An alternative cycle route to avoid using the A591 is available, but extra care should be taken as this is a rough forest track and not suitable for road bikes. We understand how frustrating these closures are for the local community and visitors and thank you for bearing with us.

Please observe safety signage if you’re visiting Thirlmere and we’re continuing to work as quickly as we can to safely open areas for your enjoyment.

Thank you for your cooperation.

ThirlmereOriginally 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.  

Thrilmere Reservoir

Thirlmere is an incredible place to visit.  Keeping our visitors and staff safe is a priority. Of course we encourage people to enjoy our recreational sites, but please do so responsibly. 

  • Please park responsibly and think of other sites you could visit in case it is busy when you arrive.
  • No swimming. Our sites are often in picturesque but remote locations. They may look inviting, but the water is extremely cold and hides sudden drops. Keep safe and Keep out.
  • Please take your rubbish home with you.
  • No camping, fires or BBQ's are allowed.