The Brent Reservoir 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, the only one in Barnet and Brent.Use our London tour planner to visit Brent Reservoir (Welsh Harp) Canalside on your trip to London, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
The reservoir is fed by the Silk Stream and the River Brent, and its outflow is the River Brent. It is said to contain enough water to fill 3 million baths, and in 1994 when the reservoir was drained, more than 6700lb 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.
Plans for the construction laid in 1803 were abandoned because of cost. However canals continued to develop in the early 19th century and there were water supply problems. By 1820 there was not enough water to supply the Grand Union Canal and the Regent's Canal so under an Act of Parliament in 1819, the Regent's Canal Company decided to dam the River Brent and create a reservoir.
Brent Reservoir (Welsh Harp) Canalside Reviews
The reservoir is a good place to escape London and feel almost like you are in the countryside (a dirty and noisy version of it at least). There are three main open areas around the reservoir - the... more »
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 »
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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