Ardingly Reservoir, Ardingly

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Ardingly Reservoir is a 198acre reservoir that feeds the River Ouse located in West Sussex, England 5mi north of Haywards Heath. The villages of Ardingly and Balcombe are immediately to the east and north of the reservoir respectively. The reservoir 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.
The reservoir 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 a popular fishing venue offering 3mi of freshwater fishing for carp, tench, pike, roach, rudd, eel, gudgeon, European perch and bream.
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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  • The reservoir is in a serenely beautiful setting, with woodlands fringing some of the shore. I walked there from the village of Ardingly, which is on a Brighton-Crawley bus route. I walked along a pub...  more »
  • Followed a walking route, starting from the car park, found in a Pathfinder Guide around part of the reservoir and in surrounding woodland. Short climbs up to nearby hills gave lovely views of the res...  more »
  • Stunning scenery, amazing walks, lots if picnic benches to rest. Loved our visit here and was able to find a great 10 mile hike route. So picturesque! Don't forget your walking boots.....parking quite difficult....but you can find spaces.
  • Beautiful day, good walks, can go kayaking if you feel like it.
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