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Staunton Harold Reservoir

Located in the heart of the National Forest on the Leicestershire-Derbyshire border, this 210 acre reservoir offers something for all ages. Enjoy watersports, walking, wildflowers and more... it’s yours to explore!

This visitor site is open

 

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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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

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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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