Adderbury Lakes have now been designated a Local Nature Reserve.
Adderbury Lakes is owned by Adderbury Parish Council. It is first and foremost a nature reserve with the main aim being to provide a breeding habitat that is secure as nature and visitors allow. The area is a wonderful local amenity and it has been calculated that there are something like 3,000 visitors each year, many of whom come regularly to fish or just to enjoy its peace and quiet.The Lakes comittee regularly organise working parties, made up of willing volunteers from the village, to tidy and maintain the Lakes area, reports on these working parties will be available soon.
Cherwell District Council has published an online booklet about the lakes. Please click here to download it.
The present site consists of two small lakes fed by five springs rising from sites between the Aynho Road and Long Wall public footpath to East End and once formed part of the Adderbury House estate. Lancelot “Capability’ Brown, is known to have been commissioned to produce a design for a park for Adderbury House and a rough but undated sketch of his idea of a ‘fine serpentine stream of water’ is contained within one of his workbooks and is believed to date from around 1768.
The Lakes in their current format were created by the then owner of Adderbury House, William Hunt Chamberlain, who also created several structures in the Lakes area, the Ice-House, the boat house, a summer house, the small covered viewing seat (marked as a Garden Seat on Capability Brown’s plan) and a covered spring head dated 1848. These structures still remain, although the summer house is now much reduced in size and reshaped since the restoration and reclamation of the lakes in 1986.
The Lakes area can be accessed by two entrances: one in the north east comer via Long Wall footpath; through a doorway in the wall; the other is in the north west comer of the area approached via Lake Walk (residential estate) which runs alongside Adderbury House. Three car parking spaces are provided at this entrance for sole use of visitors to the Lakes
The lakes area contains a wide diversity of insects, birds, mammals and plant life. The tree cover is extensive with some of the trees dating back to the early 1800′s.
The northern boundary of The Lakes area is bounded by an ancient stone wall (Long Wall) and elsewhere the boundaries are hedged and fenced with the original metal railings.