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Thirlmere reservoir supplies water to Manchester and other parts of north west England. The estate of some 4,800 hectares, includes tenanted farms, extensive areas of woodland and open fells, which in the east extend to the summit of Helvellyn.
Since 1983, following improvements to the water treatment plants, the public have been able to enjoy access to the reservoir shore. Canoeing, sailboarding and dinghy sailing are free facilities at anytime, whilst fishing is subject to a charge. Details can be obtained from Windermere Ambleside and District Angling Association on 015395 35630.
Please note: These activities could be restricted due to operational requirements.
Much of the woodland is available to the public and there are trails at Swirls, Launchy Gill and Harrop.
Above the woodlands and the enclosed farmland are extensive areas of open fell providing unrestricted access to walkers.
The recreation site facilities available at Thirlmere include:
car parking: Armboth/ Dobgill/ Legburthwaite and Swirls are all pay and display car parks. Other car parking areas area available which are free.
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