Habitat: Upland reservoir with adjacent farmland, pine heath, and oak and birch woodland
Bessom Bridge: SS975319 Main car park: SS967305, TA22 9NU
From Ralegh’s Cross take the B3190 west, then turn right (brown signed) to the northern end of the lake. Minor car park is down a left turn just before Bessom Bridge and main car park down a left turn c.500 yds west of the bridge. Parking no longer allowed at sailing club.
The Upton arm at the south end can be reached along a public footpath from Upton, though parking is difficult (SS991288), or from Haddon Hill (see separate site guide).
Mostly public access, though some of the better paths involve steep gradients, so not very wheelchair friendly. You can do a full circuit if you’re feeling energetic, though it is 9 miles long, and stout/ waterproof footwear is recommended. Café (restricted opening hours) and toilets at main car park.
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