Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve

Maiden Erlegh Lake

The origins of the lake are a mystery. It was created by damming up Maiden Erlegh stream and maps of 1756 show it already in existence. The lake is about 2.4 hectares (6 acres) in area and up to 2 meters (7 feet) deep.

The majority of the water enters from a series of open and culverted streams that drain central-western Earley. As the water exits the lake at the weir it forms Maiden Erlegh stream whose waters enter the North Sea via the River Loddon and River Thames.