Ardingly Reservoir

Yesterday Jon and I took an extra day off after the bank holiday day off (long weekends are the best weekends!). And because the summer sunshine just won’t quit-and I’m not complaining-we took advantage of the day and drove the whopping five minutes over to Ardingly Reservoir. I can’t believe I’ve never been, but I mostly blame Jon for that. He keeps these little places secret from me, then busts a good one out a couple of times a year to impress me. Shame on him.

ardingly reservoir

ardingly reservoir

ardingly reservoir

ardingly reservoir

ardingly reservoir

ardingly reservoir

ardingly reservoir

ardingly reservoir

We took the dogs and watched the boats and walked most of the way around the reservoir. It’s actually not too big, so it wasn’t an excessively long walk around. When we came across ripe blackberries, we picked and ate them. We saw some piggies and other dogs with their owners. We watched the rowers practising out on the water, and saw a solitary man serenely sitting by the water with a fishing pole. Heaven.

ardingly reservoir

ardingly reservoir

ardingly reservoir

Jon took the pups down to the water-Maxi was loving it but Spud just was NOT into getting his dainty little paws wet. Go figure. ardingly reservoir

ardingly reservoir

ardingly reservoir

ardingly

When we were about to leave, I discovered that the folks at the reservoir offer lessons for boating and they also rent out kayaks by the hour! At the risk of being redundant, I can’t believe I didn’t know about this little haven so close to home. I will not forget-it is a fantastic little getaway in the country for those looking for a wander and maybe a place to have a picnic. And I maybe need to learn how to kayak……soon.

4 thoughts on “Ardingly Reservoir

    1. It’s not very big, so the boating is pretty lazy-no speed or anything. But we could do a 2-person kayak and that’d be fun! (And yes, that was an acorn tree, how cute are the little acorns?)

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