Things to do at Balderhead Reservoir

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A great place to link up to the Pennine Way

At Balderhead you can experience spectacular views while exploring the unpaved banks and open moorland around the reservoir. There is access onto the circular walks around neighbouring Hury and Blackton Reservoirs as well as being able to link in the Pennine Way walk. Parking at Balderhead gives you great access to Blackton Reservoirs bird hide where you can enjoy the day observing the many different species. The dam wall is fully accessible for all and is a great length for those who do not wish to wander too far. From here you can also watch the dramatic water intake from the overflow funnel.

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With access to the Pennine Way, circular walks at Hury and Blackton or meandering along the dam wall, there is something for everyone.

Dark Skies

Study the moon, view bright galaxies and marvel at the planets in the darkest skies in England.


Offering the exhilarating sport of wild brown trout fishing in a peaceful setting.

Red Bullfinch sitting on a branch


A fantastic spot for bird watching and you may even get a glimpse of a jumping wild brown trout.

Dark Skies at Balderhead

Classed as a dark sky friendly site within County Durham, Balderhead is a fantastic spot to view the shimmering stars, study planets like Jupiter and Saturn and have the best view of meteor showers that take place across the year. Or for a full astronomy experience visit Grassholme Observatory just down the road. Click below to book tickets.

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