208 Lake/ River/ Ponds in United Kingdom that you should visit - With photos & details

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208 Lake/ River/ Ponds to explore in United Kingdom

The United Kingdom consists of four constituent countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It is the sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP and ninth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It has a high-income economy and has a very high Human Development Index rating, ranking 14th in the world. It was the world's first industrialised country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Abberton ReservoirAbberton Reservoir, Colchester, UK

Abberton Reservoir is a wetland site of international importance for wildfowl. It is a pumped-storage reservoir, with water pumped into it from the River Stour. It lies 6 km southwest of Colchester near the village of Layer de la Haye. It lies close to east-coast migration routes and, with its surrounding envelope of pasture and tree plantations, is a welcome sight to tired birds.

Agden ReservoirAgden Reservoir, Sheffield S6, UK

Agden Reservoir is a water storage reservoir, situated at grid reference SK260925, 6.5 miles west of the centre of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. It is owned by Yorkshire Water which is part of the Kelda Group. The reservoir covers an area of 25 hectares and has a capacity of 559 million gallons of water, the dam wall has a width of approximately 350 metres with a height of 30 metres.

Alton WaterAlton Water, Ipswich IP9, UK

Alton Water Park ranges across 400 acres of nature trails, cycling routes, fishing spots, and watersports.  Activities include an eight-mile rambling route and an eight-mile cross-country cycle track. Bikes are available to hire from the Visitor Centre.

Anglezarke ReservoirAnglezarke Reservoir, Chorley PR6, UK

Anglezarke Reservoir is the largest of the reservoirs in Lancashire lake district. nestling on the edge of the West Pennine moors. Anglezarke has an area in excess of 190 acres and supplies Wigan with its drinking water. Its surrounding is so beautiful and it attracts a lot of tourists here.

Ashby CanalAshby Canal, Swadlincote DE12, UK

Ashby Canal is a 31-mile long canal running from the mining town of Moira in Leicestershire to the point at which it connects with the Coventry canal in Warwickshire. It is the perfect destination for first-time boaters, more mature boaters, or those looking for a lock-free stretch of inland waterways. This gentle and pretty route is ideal for walkers too.

Auchintaple LochAuchintaple Loch, Blairgowrie PH11, UK

Auchintaple Loch also known as Auchenchapel Loch, is a small shallow freshwater loch that is located in Glen Isla in Angus, Scotland. The loch is man-made, created by the Victorians so they could go trout fishing.  Hidden in the landscape of Glen Isla, the loch measures 1.59km in length.

Avon GorgeAvon Gorge, Bristol BS8 3NA, UK

The Avon Gorge is a 1.5-mile long gorge on the River Avon in Bristol, England.  It forms the boundary between the unitary authorities of North Somerset and Bristol, with the boundary running along the south bank. As Bristol was an important port, the gorge formed a defensive gateway to the city. A nice attraction where you can spend some nice time.

Avoncliff AqueductCanal Cottage Dundas Aqueduct, Avoncliff, Bath BA2 7BL, UK

Avoncliff Aqueduct carries the Kennet and Avon Canal over the River Avon and the Bath to Westbury railway, at Avoncliff in Wiltshire, England, about 1+1⁄2 miles west of Bradford-on-Avon. It was built by John Rennie and chief engineer John Thomas, between 1797 and 1801. It is a Grade II* listed structure. The aqueduct has three arches and is 110 yards long, with a central elliptical arch of 60 ft span, and two semicircular side arches each 34 ft across, all with V-jointed arch stones.

Backwater ReservoirBackwater Reservoir, Blairgowrie PH11, UK

Backwater Reservoir is a reservoir in north west Angus, Scotland. The project was initiated by the Dundee Corporation Waterworks in 1964 and absorbed into the newly created East of Scotland Water Board in 1968, before final completion and the official opening by Queen Elizabeth II on 9 October 1969. It  links with Lintrathen Reservoir, 2½ miles to the south, and supplies water to almost 300,000 people in Dundee, the towns of Angus as well as Coupar Angus, Blairgowrie and the Carse of Gowrie.

Balgavies LochBalgavies Loch, Forfar DD8, UK

A beautiful loch which was surrounded by reedbeds and willow carr, attracting water rail, great crested grebe and a number of wintering wildfowl, including goldeneye, teal and wigeon. The reserve is also a haven for red squirrel. One of the iconic location for a picnic and also this place will rejuvinatre your mind with its outstanding beauty.

Bassenthwaite LakeBassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, UK

Bassenthwaite Lake, owned by the National Park Authority, is one of the largest at 4 miles long and 3/4 mile wide, but also one of the shallowest. It is the most northerly of the lakes and has no major settlements on its shores. It is often full of sailing boats from Bassenthwaite Sailing Club. This Lake is a very important place for wildlife. Hundreds of birds including the osprey migrate to the lake and fish such as Atlantic salmon come to Bassenthwaite Lake to spawn.

Belston LochBelston Loch, Cumnock KA18, UK

Belston Loch, also recorded as Dromsmodda Loch is a small freshwater loch in the East Ayrshire Council Area, near Sinclairston, 2 miles south-east of Drongan, lying in a glacial Kettle Hole. Parish of Ochiltree, Scotland. The area has seen extensive coal mining activity with an open cast mine and collieries at Drumsmodden, Polquhairn, Old Polquhairn, Auchlin, etc.

Beverley BeckBeverley Beck, Beverley HU17, UK

Beverley Beck is a short canal in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The beck runs from Grovehill Lock on the River Hull at Beverley west for about 0.8 miles into the town of Beverley. There's a nice footpath running along the pretty beck which you can pick up just to the east of the Minster and train station. The path runs for just under a mile until it joins with the River Hull. The canal is now it is home to the historic barge 'Syntan' owned by the Beverley Barge Preservation Society.

Bewl WaterBewl Water, Wadhurst TN5, UK

Bewl Water is the largest stretch of open water reservoir  in the South East. The 800 acre site is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, in the heart of the High Weald. Open all year, a visit to this stunning lake is fantastic family fun and great value. The reservoir was part of a project to increase supplies of water in the area. It supplies not only Southern Water’s customers in the Medway towns, Thanet and Hastings, but is also used by other water companies in the area.

Black Loch, New CumnockBlack Loch, New Cumnock, Cumnock KA18 4QB, UK

Black Noch is a part of the New Cumnock region of East Ayrshire of Scotland. As common with the other lochs of Ayrshire, this loch too sits on a site of kettle hole created due to glacial activity. This loch is a prized tourist spot owing to its natural abundance. You can also fish in the waters of the loch which is abundant in species of pike, eel and other common fish varieties. Bird lovers will fall in love with the Black Loch as it is home to various rare species of ducks.

Blackton ReservoirBlackton Reservoir, Barnard Castle DL12, UK

Blackton Reservoir is located in Baldersdale and is one of a chain of three reservoirs on the River Balder. It sits immediately downstream from Balderhead Reservoir and it was covered with beautiful scenery and also you can have a walk around this place which will give you a new experience in the middle of nature.

Blatherwycke LakeBlatherwycke Lake, Peterborough PE8, UK

A beautiful lake located in the heart of Rutland. It was surrounded by greenish woods and also It was a paradise for birds and also so many other creatures. It was one of the iconic location for a small picnic.

Blawhorn MossBlackridge, Bathgate EH48 3TJ, UK

Blawhorn Moss is a rare survivor of the raised and blanket peat bogs that once covered much of Scotland.  It is the largest and least disturbed raised bog in the Lothians, and has been a National Nature Reserve since 1980. It is owned and managed by NatureScot, the public body responsible for Scotland's natural heritage.

Bodenham LakeBodenham Lake, Hereford HR1, UK

One of the largest stretches of open water in Herefordshire, covering around 50 acres, located in the Lugg Valley, about 2 miles from Queenswood. It is an important overwintering and breeding area for birds and other aquatic wildlife and half of the site is managed as a wildlife refuge with restricted public access.

Brandon Marsh Nature ReserveBrandon Marsh Nature Centre, Brandon Lane, Coventry CV3 3GW, UK

Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve is a 200-acre nature reserve which features a wide variety of large pools, bird hides, woodland walks and wildflower meadows. and it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest on the banks of the River Avon.  The site is particularly important for birdlife, with a wide range of breeding and wintering birds—237 different species had been recorded up to the end of 2018. The reserve also supports a variety of mammals and insects, over 500 species of plant, and more than 5