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Farmoor Reservoir

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Just the place for a family "leg stretch" before or after Sunday lunch.

Farmoor Reservoir is likely to attract those keen on watching the dinghy sailing especially at... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2018
14malabar16
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Pleasant place for birdwatching.

Easy parking and a good circular walk around the reservoir. No dogs to disturb the wildlife. Toilet... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2018
82AndrewJC
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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7 Nov 2018
“Just the place for a family "leg stretch" before or after Sunday lunch.”
21 Oct 2018
“Pleasant place for birdwatching.”
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

Farmoor Reservoir is likely to attract those keen on watching the dinghy sailing especially at weekends, birdwatchers, and those who fancy a non-too-strenuous walk, say 1 - 2 hrs, on a hard path, flat ground, and with plenty to catch your attention. There is a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 14malabar16
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

Easy parking and a good circular walk around the reservoir. No dogs to disturb the wildlife. Toilet facilities available and some shelters in case of bad weather.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 82AndrewJC
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

Extremely disappointed. £2 wasted. "No dog" signs everywhere except countryside walk which was muddy, dark, had dead rats, litter and was generally unpleasant. Unable to get up to reservoir due to "no dog" signs. Smells of sewage. My advice if you have a dog is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

There is a £2 parking fee however when I visited at 8pm i did not need to pay as the barriers were open. It is open until 10pm. When I was there the sun was setting and it was beautiful, great for taking photos. There...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Betterxtogether
Reviewed 8 July 2018

If I had realised before arrival that you had to pay to park I wouldnt have bothered. That's not to say that the facilities offered at the Reservoir might not be worth it, but I assume if you are using the water/boating facilities, you have...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Gail T
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

I took my two dogs to the countryside walk. The walk started at the car park which costs £2. Dogs are forbidden around the reservoir and there are notices stating that dogs carry contamination so must be kept away from the reservoir which supplies drinking...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Pamela N
Reviewed 18 June 2018

This secret gem is just outside Oxford and I mean just outside. A great walk. Fishing. Boating which is great to watch. Bird watching. Lots of loos scattered around the reservoir. Plenty of places to sit. Huge car park that costs just £2 (pay on...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Euphan
Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

First visit to the reservoir, having checked the website. I knew which areas I was restricted to as a dog walker but was disappointed with the views and lack of seating along the walk. The final 1/4 mile takes you very close to the busy...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank TheRealQM
Reviewed 5 February 2018

Enjoyable walk around the reservoir (about 4 miles for both lakes). Big skys, lots of wildlife and dog free. Café good for light lunches and hot drinks. Good decaf coffee.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank PJW82
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Great place to learn sailing, especially for kids / families. There's a good selection of dinghy available for hire or teaching use, and a decent chance of good wind.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank 33caspard
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Not easily around the countryside walk, it can be quite soft muddy.
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