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Grindon Lough

This Lough, just north of the Stanegate (an old Roman Road which linked Corbridge with Carlisle), lies between limestone ridges. It is the smallest and shallowest of the four natural loughs located in the Hadrian's Wall area.

The water level fluctuates over a large range, possibly due to drainage through the limestone. This limits the development of marginal vegetation. The Lough can be viewed from the road and is a good site for waterfowl especially in winter. The shooting rights have been leased by the Trust since 1972 as a memorial to Drs. George Jeans and Tom Hird of Corbridge. A number of geese can regularly be viewed including greylag, pink footed, bean and Greenland white-fronted geese. Whooper swans also use the lake, although the water is too shallow for diving ducks. Wading species include snipe, golden plover and black-tailed godwit. Teal, shoveler and wigeon are commonly observed.

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Reserve information

5 km north-west of Haydon Bridge on the Stanegate
Haydon Bridge
Map reference
NY 806 677
Best time to visit
Aug - Sep
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8.80 hectares

There is no access to the reserve – parking along the Stanegate Roman Road, west of Newbrough (OL43 806676) allows good views over the Lough.
Walking information
There is no access onto the site.
Dogs must be on lead
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Reserve manager
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6896