Access & recreation

Provide access and recreation at our sites where it is appropriate to do so.

We own and manage over 55,000 hectares of land around our reservoirs, covering some of the most vibrant and diverse natural environments in England. We strive to achieve a balance between encouraging public access and protecting water quality, wildlife and habitats. Click here for a list of our recreation areas and some of the many activities on offer.

Access and recreation

Although we actively encourage people to enjoy our sites, we want them to do so safely. Every year, particularly during summer, young people are often tempted to swim in our reservoirs – an action which can have tragic consequences.

We have an on-going reservoir safety campaign to educate people of the dangers of swimming in reservoirs. The campaign, which is unashamedly hard-hitting, uses video, school talks, and partnerships with other stakeholders, including the fire service, to reach thousands of young people every year.

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