- Start: 4.6 miles from Bloxham
- Length of walk: 1.5 miles (2.4km)
- flat – as a pancake!
- dog friendly
Grimsbury Reservoir is a relatively small reservoir fed by the River Cherwell and owned by Thames Water and used both for water supply and sporting activities.
In the mid 1960s, when the reservoir was built the Banbury Ornithological Society negotiated for a four hectare area to be set aside and developed as a wildlife sanctuary to address the potential importance of the area to birds .
A walk around two sides of the reservoir has been established but this also links up with a pathway through a nature reserve and the canal towpath . This walk takes in all three providing a short but varied exploration of the area.
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This is a very simple route.
- Follow the signs to Grimsbury Reservoir off Hennef Way, Banbury.
- Park in the car-park adjacent to the entry to the waterworks.
- Enter the road to the reservoir and Banbury sailing club.
- Follow the pathway to the right of the reservoir until you reach a wooded conservation area.
- Take the pathway through these woods.
- At the end of this path you can turn left back to a walk down the other side of the resrvoir or else turn right onto the canal towpath. Take the towpath.
- Continue down the towpath and when you arrive back at the Waterworks cross a stream to arrive on a road back to the car-park.
Click here for a Google satellite map of this walk. (Awaited!)
Ordnance survey maps
You need OS Map 191
You can get an online OS map here.