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Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

This visitor site is open with restrictions in place

As the nation moves out of lockdown, all of our sites are in tier 3 areas so we have carefully followed the tier 3 Government guidelines to keep everyone safe.

This site is open, however there are extra measures in place to protect your wellbeing and the safety of other visitors, the local community and our teams.

When you visit, you must observe social distancing and follow any other measures we have in place.

The car park is open and charges apply as normal. Use the hand sanitiser provided next to each payment machine.

We're urging visitors to stay local. Do not travel long distances to visit the site.

Reopening restrictions


We're awaiting confirmation from the Shustoke Fly Fishers who operate the trout fishery, about whether fishing will be possible during this period. Please contact them for details.


Sailing is open, please contact Shustoke Sailing Club for more information.

Rule of six

Only meet in groups of six people or less outside when you visit our sites.

When inside cafes and visitor centres, you must stick to households or bubbles only.

  • Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from other visitors and staff
  • Respect any instructions or signage - they're there to keep you safe
  • Look after those with you - keep dogs on leads and children close by
  • Maintain good hygiene and avoid touching hard surfaces

Shustoke reservoirs

A haven of tranquillity for nature lovers, hikers and water enthusiasts, Shustoke Reservoirs are famous for their impressive wildflower displays.





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A little bit about Shustoke...

The history of Shustoke

        Why were the reservoirs created here? 

In 1870 the Industrial Revolution was in full swing, as was the birthrate and the need for clean water was becoming more pressing.  The Birmingham Water Works Company therefore applied to
Parliament for  permission for water to be taken from the Rivers Bourne and Blythe, whose gathering grounds in rural areas to the East of Birmingham
were declared to be away from pollution, and to impound the water from the Bourne in a reservoir which was built at Shustoke.  

A pumping station, filter beds and another small reservoir was also constructed at Whitacre.

        What was here before?

Before the reservoir was built, the land was occupied by Whitacre Lodge which was part of the Hams Estate. This was sold by Lord Norton in 1879, for the building of Shustoke Reservoir.

   How long did it take to build the Reservoirs?

The time-scale granted for this work was 10 years and although most of the work at Whitacre was completed in the time scheduled, an extension of five years was applied for in 1879 as the reservoir at
        Shustoke had hardly been started; the eventual completion was around 1884.

What is the Reservoirs role in the water supply network?

When the reservoirs were built they were to supply water to the nearby Whitacre Treatment Works, which was to provide 28 million litres of water daily to Birmingham. As the city grew this soon
became inadequate and with the completion of the Elan Valley scheme in 1904 Whitacre was relegated to standby duty.

In 1908 Whitacre was recommissioned to supply water to Coventry to supplement the local borehole supplies. In the 1050’s Whitacre also started to supply Nuneaton and now about
10% of the water from Shustoke supplies Coventry with the rest going to Nuneaton and the surrounding districts of Bedworth and Atherstone.

Where does the water come from?

The water is gravity fed by the nearby River Bourne which runs along the north of the two reservoirs.

How deep and big are the reservoirs?

The reservoirs consist of a settling pool of 7.8 acres and a storage reservoir of 92 acres.  Combined they have a capacity of around 460,000,000  gallons.