Staunton Harold Reservoir & Visitor Centre

Staunton Harold is a 163-acre countryside space, while the reservoir itself is 210 acres. At this hidden gem you'll discover wildflower meadows, woodland habitat, industrial archaeology and nature reserves, along with spectacular views across open water.

Owned by Severn Trent and cared for in partnership with the National Trust, the reservoir at Staunton Harold has played an important part in the water supply network since its creation in 1964. The flooding of the valley for the development of the reservoir included the largest of Calke Abbey’s six ponds.

Today, the reservoir contains a rich diversity of wildlife, while the Tower Windmill dominates the skyline. Enjoyed by families, walkers and nature enthusiasts alike, there are many walking trails including a route to neighbouring Calke Abbey, as well as space for family fun and picnics.

You can enjoy bird watching, dinghy and sailboarding with the Staunton Harold Sailing Club (telephone 01332 862067).  Please telephone Burton Mutual Fishing Club on 01283 544734 for details regarding coarse fishing. Events and activities hotline 0870 1791 111.





  • Angling
  • Bus Service
  • Car Parking
  • Children's Play Area
  • Coach Parking
  • Cycle Trails
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dogs Allowed on Leads Only
  • Information Centre
  • Open All Year
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Facilities
  • Refreshments
  • Sailing
  • Surfaced Paths
  • Toilets
  • Viewpoint
  • Walking Trails
  • Wheelchair Access

Location Map

Calke Road Windmill Hill, Melbourne Derbyshire DE73 1DL

Walk type Access for All