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Arlington Reservoir, nr Polegate, Sussex


Location: BN26 6TF Distance: 3.5m (6km) circular walk Time: 1hr 15 mins – 1hr 30mins


Terrain:


Some short inclines, mostly level with few obstacles


Arlington Reservoir can be found approximately 1.5 miles north of the A27 Lewes to Eastbourne road from the Drusillas roundabout – signposted to Berwick Station and Upper Dicker.


If you’d like to continue your walking in the area then you could pick up either the Vanguard Way or the Wealdway, which both run past the Arlington reservoir.


About a mile to the east you will find the pretty Abbot’s Wood. There’s two nice waymarked walking trails to try in the bluebell woods.


Just 300 pairs of ospreys visit the United Kingdom each year and Kent and Sussex are often places where they will take a breather.


by the 1950s and, since then, populations have recovered steadily. There has been careful work done by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to ensure this magnificent raptor is celebrated, not persecuted. Just 300 pairs of ospreys visit the United Kingdom each year and Kent and Sussex are often places where they will take a breather. These raptors will target anywhere there is a plentiful supply of fish, so the Arlington almost always enjoys a visitation or two.


Around March, April and in to early May is a good time to walk round Arlington’s 3.5m (6KM) perimeter where a keen walker, armed with a pair of binoculars, can watch this breath-taking ballet.


The reservoir provides great walking at any time of year, but if it is the osprey you especially want to see, give the warden’s office a call beforehand and a staff member will be happy to pass on local knowledge.


The walk comprises scrub and heathland, agricultural grazing and the concrete outer lip of the reservoir bowl. It is largely reasonably level and there are few challenges on the way, although a stout pair of boots is recommended. Even without the osprey as a distraction, there is always its resident wildfowl population (and an over-wintering count exceeding 10,000), so there is plenty to keep the walker and the birdwatcher occupied.


Walkers who enjoy the yomp, will often complete three or four circuits while taking a picnic stop at the facilities in the car park.


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