Thornton Reservoir, Thornton

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Thornton Reservoir is a small reservoir situated in the National Forest near the village of Thornton in Leicestershire. It has a surface area of 75acre and a perimeter of 2.45mi. It was originally built in 1854 when it had its own treatment works which were situated to the south of the current dam. It is now owned by Severn Trent and the water is treated a few miles away at Cropston Reservoir to which it runs via Rothley Brook. The reservoir is fed by two small streams which enter from the north via two weirs. Rothley Brook takes water away from the south.Since 1997 the reservoir and the surrounding land has been open to the public. Facilities include a small visitor centre, a sculpture trail, a woodland walk and a game fishery. Within the visitor centre is a small cafe and a bait shop which opens at 7.30am daily. Boats can be hired from 8.30am and the most common species of fish are trout. The National Cycle Network also runs around the reservoir.Planning for the reservoir began in 1847. The design included a dam where Locky Bridge had previously stood, the reservoir fed by Carr Brook and Thornton Brook. Behind the dam were two filtration tanks, and from there the water was carried via gravitation to a storage reservoir in Oadby. Supply from the reservoir began in 1853, with Thomas Cook's Temperance Hall the first building to receive water from it. The reservoir was thought sufficient to serve Leicester's population of 58,000 at the time, delivering 1.6 million gallons per day, and was the main source of water for the city until the opening of Bradgate Reservoir in 1871. The surface area was originally calculated at 55 acres with the capacity 229 million gallons. The estimated cost of building the reservoir was £80,000.
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  • approximately one hour leisurely walk . Very flat gravel path nothing challenging Approximately one hour walk. Very flat gravel path plenty of seats to rest on way round . Cafe and toilets .  more »
  • Great circular walk around the reservoir. Flat, with a good path all the way around. Popular with families on bikes at the weekend and dog walkers every day. The circuit takes about 40 minutes and lin...  more »
  • Lovely walk round the reservoir - about 50 minutes to do the whole way round. Its flat all the way. Parking is a bit tricky as the car park is very small. There is parking on the road but does just le...  more »
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  • Returned after moving out the area for 12 years. Still as nice as I remember walking round as a child
  • Great spot for a run, walk or a little adventure with the kids
  • A beautiful reservoir in rural Leicestershire. Spectacular vistas, great walking paths around the reservoir. Surrounded by soothing greenery.
  • Beautiful place

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