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Kayaking on the reservoirsCow Green, Selset, Grassholme, Balderhead, Blackton and Hury reservoirs are all set in the area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Upper Teesdale.  They were originally built to supply the population and industry of Teesside with water.  With ample parking, nature reserves, bird hides, picnic spots, fishing and sailing the reservoirs offer fantastic leisure opportunities in Teesdale.

Grassholme and Hury reservoirs are stocked regularly with trout and offer excellent angling.  Hury is exclusively for fly fishing.  The best wild brown trout fishing in the country can be found at Balderhead, Selset and Cow Green Reservoirs, 100% native, these lively fish will make a great days sport in Upper Teesdale. 

Grassholme Reservoir is set just above Mickleton village in Teesdale and has over four miles of bank space, the reservoir is well stocked, has fully accessible parking and disabled fishing areas together with a shop stocking fishing items and refreshments. 

Teesdale Sailing club has its base at Grassholme Reservoir, come along to this friendly club and book and dinghy experience day or hire a boat from their fleet to take out on the reservior.  For a small charge a boat owning member can sail with you in the dinghy, a great opportunity to start off your sailing experience.

The reservoirs have a wide range of circular walks, bridleways offering superb off road cycling, easy accessible pathways along the dam walls, nature reserves with bird watching hides and picnic spots the reservoirs make a great day trip in the dale.  At Balderhead reservoir experience the bygone dale farming life of Hannah Hauxwell at Hannah's Meadow and marvel at the variety of flowers in the tradional haymeadows. 

Discover the 12km Teesdale Reservoir Walk by Northumbrian Water or try a shorter 6km Grassholme circular route.

Don't forget about visiting the reservoirs during the night time with low light pollution and wide open views the reservoirs are designated as dark sky viewing sights, on a normal night you can see up to 2,000 stars in the heavens above.  When the conditions are right you may even spot the milky way or be able to take in the drama of the Northern Lights.