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    Reservoir Road, Thornton, Leicestershire, LE67 1AR

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    Path type

    Level accessible paths

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    Accessible path around the reservoir is suitable for less mobile people and wheelchair users, and there is a woodland path also suitable for wheelchairs. Read full statement


Thornton Reservoir is a quiet and peaceful place to really appreciate nature. Owned by Severn Trent Water and opened to the public in 1997, the reservoir has a mixture of habitats and a woodland on the north shore. The onsite trout fishery is open to the public and the water is home to a variety of water birds. The 2.5-mile circular track around the reservoir has level access and is great for walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users. Other paths then take you into the woodland area and look out for the sculpture trail around the site for fascinating sculptures which reflect the reservoir’s bird life. 

If you are looking to stretch your legs, Thornton Reservoir to Bradgate Park is a six-mile walk along part of the National Forest Way. The walk leads you from the reservoir through Pear Tree Wood, with its broadleaf and coniferous trees, and Martinshaw Wood, originally an ancient woodland which was extensively replanted in the 1950s.  


Breathe in the peace and calm of the area with a visit to Thornton Reservoir. The easy hour’s stroll around the reservoir is great for wildlife spotting, particularly the abundant water birds.  


  • Fishing lodge  
  • Food kiosk 
  • Information room 
  • Outdoor picnic areas 
  • Sculpture trail 
  • Small car park 
  • Walking trails 

Advance Visit Information

  • Opening every day dawn-dusk (apart from Christmas Day)
  • Free admission
  • Free parking

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