Introduction: The tranquil Reservoir, now owned by South East Water, was constructed in 1979 to help meet the growing demand for water in the south-east. But its benefits don't just exist in your home – you can visit for walking, relaxing, bird watching, fishing and water sports activities.
Location: 3 miles north of Haywards Heath, West Sussex, with car access from the road beside Ardingly College.
What can I do? Walk the Kingfisher Nature Trail around the eastern shores of the Reservoir. For the more adventurous, the Ardingly Activity Centre provides sailing, canoeing and windsurfing opportunities.
What can I see? Ardingly is home to a great number of bird species and identification panels are situated within the bird hides around the Reservoir. The Activity Centre ensures there is always some activity to watch on the Reservoir.
What can I hear? Listen out for the calls from sailors and windsurfers amongst the calls of the birdlife on the Reservoir.
Information available: Leaflet for the pdf Kingfisher Nature Trail (646 KB) and a pdf site guide (788 KB) to the reservoir
Grid Reference: TQ331297(OS Map)
OS Map: 198
Opening times: All year
Dogs allowed: Dogs are welcome on both trails, but please keep them on a lead at all times.
Terrain: First half of the Kingfisher Trail is wheelchair friendly
Nearest train station: Balcombe 1.5 miles
Nearest NCN route: Route 20, 5.0 miles
Where can I park? Car park near to the Activity centre
Where can I get further information: Please see South East Water's website.