I know what you're thinking... there can't be much fun had around a reservoir, right? Wrong! There might not be much fun had around YOUR local reservoir, but this one is full of surprises. Honestly.
Okay, so I might be overselling it a little but, trust me, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it after being stuck for something to do to kill some time before heading to a festival in Birmingham recently.
Edgbaston is a small reservoir in Birmingham, England and was designed by engineering master, Thomas Telford. Surrounding the reservoir is around 70 acres of woodland and, as I found out by walking around, is an extremely popular area for runners, dog walkers, sailors, anglers, kayakers and, most importantly, dogs who like swimming.
The reservoir is the home of two rowing clubs in the city and seemed to be hosting a small America's Cup type sailing event on the day of my visit. The reservoir also houses Edgbaston Watersports, and offers a wide range of water sports to local people, schools and, well, anyone else that fancies getting wet, I guess.
peaceful space for walking
The pathway around the reservoir itself is around 1.75 miles in length, so it's long enough for a good walk and short enough so as not to knacker yourself out. As the path literally surrounds the reservoir, it offers great views of all the action out on the water, as well as the chance to meet some new dog friends (which I did) while you get some fresh air.
Obviously, the area is less busy at this time of year because it's located in the UK, but the summer months are very popular for picnics and gentle ramblings that don't involve gloves, scarves and the constant cry of 'OMG, I've, like NEVER been this cold before...' from your walking buddy. Or, in this case, from me.
One of the loveliest things about walking around the reservoir, aside from the woodlands, boats and general peaceful setting, is watching the sunset. We made no special plans to be there for it, but we were extremely pleased that we got to witness the sinking of the sun on the calm water.
a beautiful sunset over Edgbaston
Edgbaston Reservoir is a public park and can be visited at any time throughout the year.