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Located in the heart of the growing National Forest in Derbyshire, Staunton Harold Reservoir offers a range of attractive walks and leisure activities.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

This visitor site is open with restrictions in place

Following the latest government guidelines that have lifted some of the restrictions on outdoor exercise and a travel, we’ve now reopened our visitor sites.

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

If you visit this site, please observe social distancing, check opening times, follow any new measures we put in place, and stay local. Do not travel long distances to visit the site.

Reopening restrictions

Toilets

Toilets are open but limited so please be prepared to queue.

Cafe

The cafe is closed for now.

Play area

The play area is closed at this time.

Opening times

The usual dawn to dusk opening times are in place.

Fishing

Fishing is currently not open. Please check with Burton Mutual for more information.

Parking permit

Your permit will automatically be renewed by 71 days, which is the time Staunton will have been closed for.

  • 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

Staunton Harold reservoir

Activities

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

 

 

Facilities

Learn about history of Stauton Harold

Learn about history of Stauton Harold

     Why was the reservoir created here?

     Staunton Harold Reservoir was created in 1964 by the River Dove Water Board to provide communities and businesses in Leicester and the East Midlands
with drinking water and is now owned and managed by Severn Trent. The reservoir was developed from one of six ponds on the neighbouring National Trust
Calke Abbey Estate, originally owned by the Harpur Crew family.

     What is Staunton Harold Reservoir’s role in the water supply network?

     The reservoir acts as a huge storage tank, taking water in and out when needed.
     Water from the reservoir is treated at Melbourne treatment works which is located on the shoreline of the reservoir, and was built in 1964.
After alterations completed in 1997, it became one of the most modern and efficient in Europe.
These days, more than 800,000 people in Leicester and the East Midlands benefit from the treatment works.

      Where does the water come from?

     
The water is pumped from the River Dove at Eggington.Water from Foremark Reservoir also flows into Staunton Harold before it is treated at
Melbourne treatment works.

      How deep and big is the reservoir?

     
The reservoir covers over 209 acres of land and is up to 80 feet deep, making this
       one of the largest reservoirs in Leicestershire. It has a capacity of 1,400
       million gallons (6,370 megalitres) of water.

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