Hanningfield Reservoir

Hanningfield Reservoir, set within a picturesque part of Essex, is open for visitors to enjoy a great day out in a beautiful landscape.

From fishing, walking or watching the amazing wildlife to having a relaxing picnic or enjoying a meal at our Café on the Water, there is something for all the family. Renowned for its nationally important populations of wildfowl, the reservoir is a wonderful haven for nature and wildlife. With four bird watching hides you are certain to catch a glimpse of a gadwall, tufted duck or woodpecker.

There is a stunning route through the Essex Wildlife Trust nature reserve which runs along the shoreline and into the woods and leads to the wildlife trusts visitor centre. For more information visit www.essexwt.org.uk.

Please be aware, in order to protect the local wildlife dogs are not permitted at this site, except guide dogs.


Hanningfield Reservoir provides good access and surfaces for people of all mobile capabilities including wheelchair access, hard surfaced walks and fishing platforms. Our visitor centre is located close to the car park and is easily accessible for wheelchair users.

Also, our team of helpful rangers are always willing and able to offer help and aid access in difficult conditions or circumstances. It is the team’s ambition to offer a great day out and experience for all our visitors.

Visit the pages on our site to discover more about what you can explore at Hanningfield Reservoir.

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    Discover Hanningfield Reservoir

    Your guide 2018.


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    Cafe on the water

    Sample menu.


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    Hints and tips

    Following these simple hints and tips will help you catch more fish on our waters.



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