Covid 19 – Latest update – 18th May 2020

A phased re-opening of our Waterside Parks and reservoirs will take a step forward this week, with some sites, car parks and public toilets set to re-open on Wednesday 20 May 2020.

The moves are to allow members of the public to enjoy walks around these beautiful locations, in response to recent changes to Government guidance.

While we appreciate people want to start visiting these locations again, we would urge anybody who does choose to visit to be respectful of the local communities. Please stay away from village and residential centres, and strictly observe Government guidelines on social distancing wherever you are.

As much as possible, please continue to stay local and exercise close to home.

The measures outlined below are in line with recent Government guidance updates, but we will keep them under review and they may be subject to change.

Angling

Work continues to put plans in place for a safe re-start to angling on our fishing sites and we anticipate being able to give a further update on this on Wednesday 20 May.

Which sites are open?

As part of these plans, the car parks and walks at the following locations will re-open on May 20:

  • Derwent Waterside Park (including toilets)
  • Tunstall Reservoir
  • Burnhope Reservoir
  • Waskerley Reservoir
  • Smiddyshaw Reservoir
  • Selset Reservoir
  • Balderhead Reservoir
  • Blackton Reservoir
  • Hury Reservoir (including toilets)
  • Scaling Dam (including toilets)
  • Lockwood Beck (including toilets)

We are opening as many sites as is possible, however, as some members of our Leisure team are currently deployed elsewhere in the business, due to Covid-19, Fontburn Reservoir will remain closed at this time. As has previously been announced, Grassholme Reservoir was already closed throughout 2020 for safety reasons unrelated to Covid-19 while essential maintenance and upgrade work continues.

Public toilets

The public toilets outlined above will be open. When using these, please follow social distancing guidelines, use the sanitiser and liquid soaps provided, abide by all safety and usage signage and be considerate and respectful of those whose job it is to keep these facilities clean.

Other facilities and attractions

Visitors are urged to stick to designated footpaths.

Please note that other facilities, such as visitor centres and site shops remain closed, with no refreshments available. In line with Government guidelines, all play areas will remain closed.

We also ask that people take their litter home or use bins provided, and dispose of dog waste properly, to help limit the risk of infection. Please do not leave dog mess bags lying around the area.

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and we advise visitors to bring their own anti-bacterial wipes or gel for use when opening and closing gates.

Please abide by all signage to ensure a safe visit.

Further updates will be posted on our social media channels as and when things change.

Thank you and stay safe.

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