Ulley Reservoir Country Park, Rotherham

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Ulley Reservoir is a reservoir a few hundred yards to the west and downhill of the village of Ulley, 4mi south of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. It is 2.5mi away from junction 33 of the M1 motorway.HistoryThe reservoir was built in 1871 by damming the brooks of Ulley and Morthen, to provide the town of Rotherham with approximately 180 million gallons (820 million litres) of drinking water per year. There are two main ponds; the larger one is used for angling and dinghy sailing, and the smaller one is now a nature reserve.The dam is an earth embankment made of a clay core and earth filled shoulders. In 1969 the dam wall was built up by 6.6ft with plastic concrete and relevelled. The spillways and overflow are made of ashlar pitching set on concrete. It is 41.3ft in height with a slope of 12.7 degrees, with two lateral overflow stepped spillways. The reservoir covers an area of 35acre and is about 46ft deep.In the 1980s it was decided that it was no longer needed for water supplies and was sold to Rotherham council for £1. The council turned the venue into the centrepiece of Ulley Country Park, with the water hosting sailing and fishing.
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  • great for dog walking - you can park for free down the side roads. Quiet with picnic benches - great for dogs that like to swim. Clean and lots of dog poo bins. Just lovely.  more »
  • Well what a suprise, whilst visiting relatives, we were told we couldnt go home with out a visit to Ulley,, it is truly a beautiful place, it has two large lakes, with ducks and swans, we even saw she...  more »
  • Not far from Todwick. Cafe only open occasionally. Very pleasant flat walk around a reservoir and over a bridge. Seems to appeal to all ages.  more »