Brent Reservoir (Welsh Harp) Canalside, London

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The Brent Reservoir (popularly called the Welsh Harp) is a reservoir between Hendon and Wembley Park in London. It straddles the boundary between the boroughs of Brent and Barnet and is owned by the Canal & River Trust. The reservoir takes its informal name from a public house called The Welsh Harp, which stood nearby until the early 1970s. It is a 68.6 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the only SSSI in either Borough and among more than 30 SSSIs in London.


The reservoir is fed by the Silk Stream and the River Brent. Its main outflow is the River Brent. Its smaller outflow is a feeder channel to the canal system. It holds an estimated 1,600,000 m³. In 1994 when the reservoir was drained more than 6,700 lb (3,000 kg) of fish were captured, 95% of which were roach. However, fishing is prohibited.


The reservoir has a sailing centre, home to Welsh Harp Sailing Club, Wembley Sailing Club, the Sea Cadets, and the University of London Sailing club. In 1960, it also hosted the Women's European Rowing Championships.
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  • I visited Brent Reservoir at the end of walking section 10 of the Capital Ring. In contrast to the experience of others, on the day I visited (New Year's Day) it was a litter-free oasis, in stark...  more »
  • We usually explore places that are somewhere far from home. But if u live locally in Wembley, Neasden, Cricklewood or Kingsbury, this place is out of hustle and bustle. Very close to blackbird Hill.....  more »
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  • Great walk out, rare thing in the area. Great for dogs although keep out of water as blue green algae has been discovered there. But all round lovely place.
  • I have been here many many times. It is nice place to have a weekend barbecue with your family and friends. Great place for dogs and children to play. Quite relaxing environment specially in weekdays. Sometimes weekends get bit crowded.

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