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Staunton Harold Reservoir, Melbourne

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3.5/5 based on 55 reviews on the web
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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  • Car parking!!! £2.50 even if you stay half an hour and is not very clear. 50 pence would be acceptable for 30 minutes. Tea rooms could offer so much more... 
  • We enjoy walking, this a lovely place to go out for a walk, picnic and great play area for the children The is now a cafe which is owned / run by the national trust and its sells bluebells ice cream t...  read more »
  • Wanted somewhere to have a picnic and a good park. Plenty of picnic tables but only bin we saw was in the playground entrance. This could definitely do with rectifying as many people were littering. K...  read more »
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