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Farmoor Reservoir

Far more than just a reservoir, Farmoor is a unique habitat for wildlife and a dream destination for anglers and sailors.

  • Farmoor offers three nature reserves rolled into one
  • Three bird hides offer a chance to glimpse nature in all its glory
  • It’s renowned for fine trout fishing
  • Easy access for wheelchairs and buggies
  • Stop at the Waterside Café for a bite to eat with amazing reservoir views
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What to see

Whenever you visit, the nature on display at Farmoor won’t disappoint. January brings brent and snow geese, April sees ospreys wheeling across the water in search of fish, and the warm summer months bring back bats in their thousands.

Try out the bird hides to see if you can spot some of our shyest visitors – barn owls, shearwaters, or even the Slavonian grebe. Or take a relaxing walk, surrounded by the humming and buzzing of dragonflies, bees, and butterflies.

With such rich and diverse wildlife to see, every visit will feel like the first.

A montage of images include ducks sitting on the side of the reservoir, a duck flying, a daisy and the view from a bird hide.

A montage of images including a view of the reservoir on a sunny day, a duck, a person holding a fish, and sailing on the reservoir.

Things to do

Get closer to nature
Each of the three nature reserves have subtly different ecosystems to discover. You might find nesting marsh tits in one and then dragonflies laying eggs in the ponds of the next.

Enjoy excellent angling
Pit your wits against some of the toughest and, we think, tastiest trout in the UK. Blue, brown and rainbow trout – all yours for the catching.

Take to the water
Try paddle boarding, windsurfing, or sailing with the Oxford Sailing Club. Why not book a free taster session and see where the wind takes you?

Good to know

Opening times

  • 8am to 7.30pm in spring
  • 8am to 10pm in summer
  • 8am to 9pm in autumn
  • 8am to 5pm in winter (Closed Christmas & Boxing day)
  • Dogs allowed ONLY on the countryside walk
  • Wheelchair and pushchair accessible
  • The Waterside Café is open to the public
  • There are nine toilet blocks including three with disabled access.

Farmoor partners with:

Oxford Sailing ClubOxford Sail Training TrustOxford SUP Club (for stand-up paddle boarding) – The Oxford Ornithological Society

How to find us



Farmoor Reservoir, Cumnor Road, Oxford, OX2 9NS

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