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Draycote Water

Draycote Water is a 240-hectare reservoir and country park that draws its water from River Leam which then supplies drinking water to Rugby and Coventry. Draycote Water has everything you need for a great day out, with plenty of activities and things to do.

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Following Government guidelines, restrictions in England have now been lifted.

Our visitor sites are open and ready to welcome visitors.

Mask wearing is no longer manadatory, however if you wish to wear a mask in areas that may be busy such as toilets, you are welcome to do so.

It’s really important to protect the safety and wellbeing of all our visitors, local communities and our teams, so we urge everyone to remember the following:

Our sites are likely to be very busy and we may have to close our car parks when we reach capacity, so please be prepared to turn around and visit another time.

Respect our site and neighbours by taking home your litter, or using a bin on site if you can't, and do not park in local communities if the car park is full.


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There are lots of activities you can take part in at Draycote, including cycling and walking. You can download a map of the routes and trails around the site to help plan your visit.




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A little bit about Draycote

 Draycote Water is near the village of Dunchurch and was named after the
nearby hamlet of Draycote.

 Why was it built and how long did it take?

The reservoir was built to meet the ever increasing demand for water from south
and east Warwickshire.The construction on the reservoir started in 1967 and was
completed in 1969; opening in 1970.

What is the reservoir's role in the water supply network?

It's primary use is to supply water to our customers in Rugby and Coventry, making
it's way through our treatment works before reaching our customers taps.
It's also released back into the local rivers and reserviors at times of low flow.

Where does the water come from?

Draycote is a 'pumped storage reservoir' which means that it has no
natural feed; it's filled with water pumped from the river Leam and the
local reservoirs Stanford and Brownsover at different times of the year.

How deep and big is the reservoir?

The reservoir is 630 acres (240ha) and the distance around the edge is 5 miles .
The maximum depth is 70ft and the capacity is 5,000,000,000 gallons.

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