Hartleton Lakes

Overview
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.

Other facilities: Refreshments and toilets are available at:
Moody Cow public house at Crow Hill: www.moodycowpub.com
Café in Ross Garden Store: https://www.rossgardenstore.com/cafe

Maps:
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.
Resources:
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==.
Nearby sites:
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.