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.
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Walk: Greenlee Lough Walk.
Greenlee Lough – breeze rising
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.