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Wonderful wetland rich with bird species and bogs

Greenlee Lough Nature Reserve

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A wonderful mix of species and habitats

Greenlee Lough bird hide by Roger Clegg.

Bird watchers use the specially-built hide at Greenlee Lough to spot feathered visitors. Photo by Roger Clegg.

There are excellent facilities for bird watchers at the nature reserve.

Greenlee Lough bird hide by Roger Clegg.

A group arrive at the edge of the lough, near to the bird hide that looks out over the water. Photo by Roger Clegg.


Greenlee Lough in Northumberland National Park.

The boardwalk at Greenlee Lough.

Greenlee Lough is one of the most important wetland sites in Britain and Europe. It contains unusual aquatic plantlife including several types of pondweed and stonewort (types of algae thriving in very clean water). This has led to its designation as a Special Area of Conservation, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve.

Visit for: It contains a mix of habitats beyond the open water of the lough (small lake), including carr woodland, bog and grassland.

One of the Roman Wall loughs, this reserve is owned by Northumberland National Park Authority and is also a Northumberland Wildlife Trust reserve.

To download our Greenlee Lough guide click here.

Walk: Greenlee Lough Walk.






Greenlee Lough – breeze rising

Getting There

Walking: Greenlee Lough is best reached on-foot due to limited parking and narrow access roads to the site. You can park your car in the National Park car park at Steel Rigg and follow the walking route detailed above to Greenlee Lough.

Car: To get as close as you can to Greenlee Lough by car, from the A1, take the exit for the A69 (Hexham). Follow the A69 until you reach Bardon Mill. Bypass Bardon Mill and then take the first right to join the B6318 Military Road. From here, follow the brown tourist signs for Hadrian’s Wall until you reach the right turn for Steel Rigg.

  • A National Park guide to the reserve can be downloaded above, or picked up from the visitor centre at Once Brewed.
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