Thirlmere Reservoir

Thirlmere reservoir offers a huge breadth of walking trails for different abilities and activities. With walking trails which form part of the Trans Pennine Trail, enhanced accessibly paths with viewing platforms, and even trails for horse riding!

Discover Thirlmere reservoir for yourself! It also provides an excellent opportunity for a long wooded walk alongside the reservoirs that provide a vital source of water for Manchester.

Storm damage is now repaired and West Road fully reopened

We have now completed the stabilisation work on Rough Crag.  The storm damage has been repaired and the road and lakeshore footpath fully reopened. For more information about the work we carried out please click the link below. 


Activities and site information

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Picnic area

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Walking routes

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Toilets located at Armboth, Dob Gill and Swirls car park - closed in Winter.

Picnic areas are available across sites.

Circular route around the reservoir with more challenging routes in the surrounding fells.

Bridleways available as shown on the OS map of the area.

Reservoir circular route suitable for cycling. Fell and forest trails suitable for mountain biking.



For more information on rules and guidance, click the button below.

Rules and reservoir guidance

If you have any general enquiries, please speak to our friendly team on 0345 672 3723.

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Blue-green algae

Giant hogweed

Recreation permits

Thirlmere Reservoir map