Know before you go
Parking informationParking is available along the Stanegate Roman Road, west of Newbrough (OL43 NY806676) which allows good views over the Lough. The nearest postcode for a sat nav is NE47 7AE.
There is no access onto the site.
There is no access to the reserve – parking is recommended along the Stanegate Roman Road, west of Newbrough (OL43 806676) which allows good views over the Lough. The road is narrow in places, so visitors are recommended to take care when parking to ensure passing cars can pass safely.
When to visit
Opening timesThere is no public access to this reserve.
Best time to visitAugust to September
About the reserve
The reserve is situated just north of the Stanegate (an old Roman Road which linked Corbridge with Carlisle), and lies between limestone ridges. The water level fluctuates over a large range, possibly due to drainage through the limestone and 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.
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.