Our Visitor Sites

Thornton Water

Peaceful and picturesque, Thornton offers a network of trails and footpaths around the reservoir and neighbouring woodland areas

How to find us

 Reservoir Road
LE67 1AR

The site is open every day from dawn until dusk apart from Christmas day.

Car parking is available for visitors to Thornton Reservoir free of charge.

There are disabled parking bays located in the car park with good views of the reservoir.

The flat 2.5 mile track around the reservoir is suitable for less mobile people and wheelchair users, and there is a woodland path also suitable for wheelchairs.

You can view our accessibility guide for more information.

At Thornton you're welcome to walk your furry friend. Due to the nature and wildlife on site you will need to keep your dog on a lead at all times.


General information

A little bit about Thornton

  • Thornton reservoir was created in 1854 and it took around seven years of planning and building works to build
  • The dam at its maximum height is about 12 metres with a length of 500 metres
  • Thornton Reservoir has a total capacity of 1,320,000m3
  • When full, the reservoir is 10 metres deep (33ft) and covers an area of 76 acres (30.7 hectares)