There are two man-made lakes, formed in 1971, at Hartleton with a causeway separating the two stretches of water. The upper lake has a small reedbed with an island and is surrounded by trees and grassland. The lower lake also has an island and this lake is used by PGL the leisure company during the summer months for canoeing and kayaking, although disturbance is minimal. Fishing takes place on both lakes all year round.
Directions, parking, access times and other facilities
Map reference: SO 641256
Sat Nav/Post Code: HR9 7UA
Vehicular access: Access is off the B4224 road from Bromsash to Crow Hill follow the track adjacent to the South Herefordshire Golf Club entrance there is a parking area before the lower lake. Please do not drive around the lakes as this is a private road.
Access by foot: There is a public footpath running from the parking area through to the southern end of the upper lake; this does ensure close views of the lakes whilst walking the footpath.
Ordnance Survey Explorer Sheet OL14 and OS Landranger 162
OS Map View (1:25,000)
|What to see:|
|Resident||Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Mallard, Common Buzzard, Moorhen, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush, Nuthatch, Jay and Bullfinch.|
|Winter||Goosander, Fieldfare, Redwing and Siskin.|
|Summer||Swallow, House Martin, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Reed Bunting.|
|Spring/autumn||Common Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler and Garden Warbler.|
|Ross-on-Wye Ramblers: www.ramblers.org.uk/ross-on-wye.
A round walk from Weston-under-Penyard via both lakes: http://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjNfNjEwOA==.
|River Wye John Kyrle Walk at Ross-on-Wye: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/1755/john_kyrle_circular_walk.pdf and May Hill (National Trust): www.nationaltrust.org.uk/may-hill.|