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Ardingly Reservoir, Ardingly

#6 of 8 in Nature in West Sussex
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Ardingly Reservoir is west of Ardingly in West Sussex. The southern end is a 74.5-hectare (184-acre) Local Nature Reserve owned and managed by South East Water.
The reservoir feeds the River Ouse located in West Sussex, England 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Haywards Heath. The villages of Ardingly and Balcombe are immediately to the east and north of the reservoir respectively. It was created in 1978 by damming Shell Brook, a tributary of the River Ouse which flows into the Ouse about 500m south of the reservoir. It is filled with water pumped from the River Ouse when river flows are high. The water is stored in the reservoir before being treated and distributed to consumers.

The Ardingly Activity Centre provides watersports for the public including wind surfing, canoeing, powerboating and dinghy sailing. The reservoir is also used by Ardingly Rowing Club.
The west bank of the reservoir is private property of the Balcombe Estate but the north, south and east shores offer public rights of way and bridleways. Ornithologists are catered for with two bird hides situated on the east bank.
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  • I went with 2 friends around a month ago and it was quiet, yet so lovely and tranquil. All of us thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the owner couldn’t have been more helpful.  more »
  • A lovely place for walks. Enjoyable for dogs. Plenty of benches. Scenic. Gets muddy on the path after raining. Best wear wellies. A must for those that love walking.  more »
  • Beautiful sunsets and a great place to go for a quiet walk
  • Lovely setting for the reservoir with walking trails all around. Picnic area also. Plus I believe it's now free parking in the main car park. Beware to leave before they lock the main gates at night. The signs clearly give the closing time.
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