Things to do at Cow Green Reservoir

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Things to do At Cow Green

A truly peaceful moorland walk

At Cow Green you can be blown away by the empowering view of the Pennine Way, which you can also link onto for a peaceful moorland walk. Follow the footpath to Cauldron Snout to see the spectacular waterfall and watch out for the brilliant views of the dam wall. Part of the reservoir walk is a protected nature reserve so please do not stray from the footpaths. This is an excellent spot for bird watching and great for a spot of wild brown trout fishing. Cow Green has some of the darkest skies in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a site any enthusiast must-visit for some spectacular night sky views.

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Take the path to Cauldron Snout or follow the walk around the reservoir and take in the stunning views.

Red Bullfinch sitting on a branch


Perfect for bird watchers and nature lovers alike.

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.

Dark Skies at Cow Green

Classed as a dark sky friendly site within County Durham, Cow Green is one of the best spots 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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