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.

Important safety notice 

Please note that the lakeshore footpath and the West Road are currently closed to allow safety work to take place on Rough Crag. Further details about the current safety risks and our plans and progress for reopening the West Road can be found via 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.



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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