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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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  • We had a lovely walk around the reservoir admiring the beauty and wildlife. The walks were well kept, there was a little park, lovely, quiet but not unused.  more »
  • My first time here was beautiful the views are just so relaxing and pretty to see. There's loads of ducks and geese, there's a boating section for fishing but not sure if visitors are allowed to use. ...  more »
  • Had a lovely walk around the reservoir on a warm Sunday afternoon. Beautiful location. Easy to park and good flat surface with plenty of benches to stop for a rest. Lovely place for a picnic too. I wo...  more »