Surrounded by buildings and fast roads, Brent Reservoir is an oasis of water, greenery and calm. It's just the place to escape the bustle of urban life.
Address: Aboyne Road, London, NW10 OEX
Visit time: 1hr - 2hrs
Price: Once you're there, it won't cost you a thing
Parking: There's limited free parking off N. circular Edward Road and Woodfield Park. From the A5 turn into Cool Oak Lane, where a narrow bridge separates the Northern and Eastern marshes. Parking is available about 100 metres past the bridge
Toilets: None on site
Bird spotting is a must! Take binoculars and look for water birds. Count the number of different birds you can spot in five minutes
Circular walks, Sailing clubs, Wembley Stadium
Chances are you'll see some sailing boats
Café in the garden centre
There are some lovely spots to have a picnic beside the water
You may see:
The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The standing open water and associated habitats such as willow car, and fen and marsh support a diversity of wetland birds. While the wetlands areas support plants including: lesser pond-sedge, water forget-me-not, branched bur-reed, marsh woundwort, water-plantain, flowering rush, water dock and lesser reedmace.