Introduction: Access to the north and south of Weir Wood affords great views of this large water expanse, as well as exciting birdwatching opportunities. The Reservoir itself is managed by Southern Water as a major water supply facility for the south-east.
Location: nr Forest Row, East Sussex
What can I do? Watch birds from the hide at the Legsheath Lane car park. Walk the footpath which winds around the northern side of the reservoir, giving viewpoints to the reservoir and the chance to view some interesting birds.
What can I see? There are a variety of waders and other water birds that use Weir Wood; in the spring you might see migrating osprey or young herons in the heronry. Late summer brings some rare and interesting waders such as green sandpipers.
What can I hear? A variety of woodland birds including Cuckoos. On warm days listen for the buzzards circling above and calling.
Information available: Three site pdf interpretation panels (8.84 MB) provide interesting introductions to the fascinating history and wildlife that can be found here.
Grid reference: TQ383341(OS Map)
OS map: 135 (Explorer, 1:25,000)
Opening times: Car parks open all year
Disabled access: Yes
Terrain: All year round easy access surface on the footpath and disabled access to the bird hide.
Nearest train station: East Grinstead (mainline) 3 miles
Kingscote (Bluebell Steam Railway) 2.7 miles. Visit Bluebell Railway for more information about ongoing work to extend to the mainline.
Nearest NCN route: Route 21 is 1.9 miles.
Where can I park? Small car parks available at west end of Reservoir on Legsheath Lane, east end near Water Treatment Plant, close to Sailing Club, and north side of reservoir accessed from Admirals Bridge Lane.
Where can I find further information? Friends of Weir Wood Reservoir have a useful and informative website
Site Enhancements, 2009 - 2012
These works were carried out by East and West Sussex County Councils and the Friends of Weir Wood, to improve Weir Wood for visitors. The photographs (left and below) show the public footpath on the northern bank of Weir Wood before and after extensive improvements - to replace inpenetrable mud with an all-year round, easy access surface with occasional resting seats and access to the Millennium Picnic Area!
Considerable work has also been undertaken to benefit wildlife at Weir Wood, including hedge planting, hedgelaying, wildflower seeding, and the creation of floating rafts for terns to nest on.
Additionally, welcome boards have been placed in each of the three site car parks, and three further interpretation boards installed around the Reservoir to interpret the fascinating history, wildlife, and landscape change at the site after its creation as a Reservoir in 1952.
The 2009 - 2012 site enhancements were funded by the Weald Forest Ridge Landscape Partnership Scheme, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.