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Dramatic wild nature reserve and reservoir

Whitelee Moor & Catcleugh

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A site of European conservation importance

Catcleugh in Northumberland National Park.

The wooden building that once housed the reservoir builders sits alongside the water.

Catcleugh Reservoir Local Wildlife Site

Off the A68 near Byrness. This man-made reservoir was constructed at the end of the 19th century. It provides drinking water for Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Gateshead. It is surrounded by native and conifer woodlands and moorland.

Visit for: Sightings of breeding golden plover and dunlin, buzzards, ospreys and there is the occasional record of a golden eagle. Mammals that live here include otters, red squirrels, badgers, roe deer and bats. For more, click here.

St FrancisCatcleughWindowYou can also visit St. Francis Church; a small 18th century church which was partly rebuilt in 1884. The south window commemorates those who died during the construction of the Catcleugh Reservoir nearby.

St Francis’ Church
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Whitelee Moor in Northumberland National Park.

An overcast Whitelee Moor with Catcleugh Reservoir in the distance.

Whitelee Moor National Nature Reserve

Redesdale Head, off the A68 near Carter Bar. Visit for: A site of European conservation importance because of its active blanket bog and heather heaths.

It also contains other habitats and species of national and international importance.

For more, visit the Whitelee Moor website.

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The dramatic landscape that greets the eye at Whitelee Moor.

Getting There

Car: From the A1, follow the A696 to where it meets with the A68 and you will have arrived at Catcleugh Reservoir. Follow the signs for the nature reserve.

  • A steam shovel was a large factor in building Catcleugh Reservoir as it could easily do the work of many men.
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Planning in the National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.

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