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Staunton Harold Reservoir, Melbourne

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Staunton Harold Reservoir is a large reservoir under the management of Severn Trent Water, located between Melbourne and Ticknall in Derbyshire, England. Most of the water is within Derbyshire but a small part of the southern shore is over the border in Leicestershire.The reservoir was built in 1964 at the behest of the River Dove Water Board, meant to serve Leicester and the towns of northern Leicestershire. Although no villages were lost in the construction of the reservoir, Furnace Farm, New England Farm and Calke Mill were submerged; their remains lie 25 metres below the surface. The dam wall is a clay core construction, similar to the dam wall at Ladybower Reservoir. Part of the shoreline border the Calke Abbey estate, as well as the National Forest. The reservoir has a total surface area of 209acre.Staunton Harold hosts a natural habitat for much bird and plant life, and is also home to Dimmingsdale Nature Reserve. There is also a sailing club, a visitors' centre and a children's adventure playground available to visitors. A non-functioning windmill dominates the skyline close to the visitors' centre called Tower Windmill, built in 1797 by the first Lord Melbourne at a cost of £250.
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  • We visited here for the first time to walk our dogs. The paths were good and it wasn't too busy. The area was clean, tidy and well kept with some mowed areas where people could have picnics. The water...  more »
  • This place is really nice with it's very old church that you can go in and a nice garden centre with a tea shop Sometimes I would drive my car out in the country and visit here even alone and I went o...  more »
  • There are several lovely walk from the large main car park by the visitor centre. The most popular walk is along one side of the reservoir and back when you reach the road. You could also do the long ...  more »

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