Sunday, 5 June 2011

Walthamstow Reservoirs - yours for a quid

We'd actually been heading for the retail park at Tottenham Hale. On the walk over, along the lea, Millfields Blog lamented the lack of access to Walthamstow reservoirs - views always seemed to limited to those from the walk along Coppermill Lane, the train from Hackney Downs to Tottenham Hale or the bus along Forest Road. The Redhead said he was sure there was public access. On such a beautiful day - we decided to ditch the shopping and to check it out. Off we headed to the Thames Water Fisheries entrance on Forest Road, opposite the Ferry Boat Inn near Tottenham Hale.

The entrance didn't look promising with conflicting signs as to whether the public (other than fishermen) were welcome.

Once you're in, you're finally made to feel welcome. The very helpful man in the building at the gate advised the general public were allowed in for a £1 fee. He took us to the visitors hut for our tickets and off we went on our adventure... 

 We had a wonderful afternoon and can't wait to go back (prepared with a picnic this time) and thoroughly recommend it. We're sure the lack of promotion about public access is deliberate which is a shame - they should be actively encouraging people to check out this stunning site.

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