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Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
This visitor site is open for local visitors to exercise
As England has now entered a national lockdown, we are following the Government guidelines to help keep everyone safe.
This site will remain open for local people to exercise. The Government has defined local as the village, town, or part of a city where you live. Please do not travel to a site if it's not local to where you live.
It’s really important to protect the safety and wellbeing of all our visitors, local communities and our teams, so we urge everyone to stay local, observe social distancing and follow any measures we have put in place if you visit a reopened site.
The fishery is now closed as it's the end of the season. It will re-open again in February 2021.
All footpaths are open.
Rule of six
Only visit with your household, support bubble, or with one other person if you maintain social distancing.
Toilets are open. You must wear a face mask when you enter and follow instructions on signage about maximum capacity. You may have to queue to use the facilities safely.
- 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
Peaceful and picturesque, Thornton offers a network of trails and footpaths around the reservoir and neighbouring woodland areas
A little bit about Thornton...
Thornton derives its name from an old reference to the vegetation that grew wild around the village, hence the “Town of Thorns” or Thornton.
The reservoir site is now a refuge for a diversity of wildlife, including mammals, birds, butterflies and dragonflies.In 2005, Thornton Reservoir was designated as a
Local Wildlife Site due to its importance for wildlife. It is now a peaceful and picturesquelocation that offers a wide network of trails and footpaths around the reservoir
and through the woodland areas. There are also links withlonger trails including the Leicestershire Round, the National Forest Company’s Coal Tips to Country Parks
Walk and various other public footpaths.
Why was Thornton reservoir created here?
Thornton Reservoir is situated on the fringe of Charnwood Forest in Leicestershire. As in many other cities, Leicester relied on wells and
springs for drinking water until the 19th century. Then, in 1847, an Actof Parliament allowed a private company to be formed to supply the
city. By 1854, it had already built Thornton Reservoir, together with a treatment plant and distribution mains.
How long did it take to build the dam?
The reservoir was created in 1854 and it took around seven years of planning and building works to build this resource. The dam is
constructed of an earth fill embankment construction with a puddle clay core. The Dam at its maximum height is about 12 metres with a length of
500 metres. A road runs along the entire crest of the dam.
How big is the reservoir?
Thornton Reservoir has a total capacity of 1,320,000 m3.
When full, the reservoir is 10 metres deep (33ft) and covers an area of 76 acres (30.7 hectares). Its original depth was 10.67 metres (35ft)
– the equivalent of two double decker buses.