Stocks Reservoir

Stocks Reservoir in the Forest of Bowland, is a designated Area of Natural Beauty with deep valleys, rolling hills, peatlands, gritstone fells and moorland - it is an ideal location to spend some time outdoors.

If you love bird watching Stocks Reservoir is the place for you! It is one of the best sites in the North West to see a wide range of wildfowl with spectacular numbers of common species!

A selection of waymarked woodland footpaths and cycle routes are available to suit all abilities. The circular reservoir footpath gives visitors the chance to experience the patchwork of farmland and forestry surrounding the open waters of the reservoir itself.

Activities and site information

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Peatland restoration

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Bird watching

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Picnic area

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Fly fishing

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Healthy peatlands can store more carbon per square meter than a tropical rainforest and provide excelent defence against flooding. You can find out more here.

If you love bird watching Bowland Forest is the place for you!

There is bird hide located near the School Lane car park.

Available at the Gisburn Forest Hub.


Located near School Lane car park and at Gisburn Forest Hub.

A waymarked circular footpath around the reservoir (8 miles) starts and finishes at the School Lane car park.

Please do not wander down to the reservoir edges and to keep to the route.

Fly fishing on the reservoir. Season tickets avaliable from

Excellent cycling trails for all abilities at the Forestry Commission site at Gisburn Forest Hub.

Once you have finished your walk you can stop off for a nice coffee at Gisburn Forest Hub.


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

Stocks Reservoir Map