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Staunton Harold Reservoir

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Best at drought tide...

Having lived in Melbourne for 39 years, we took the valuable opportunity to walk along the low tide... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
JANET B
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Derby, United Kingdom
Great walk

Lovely place owned by Severn Trent Water in the grounds around Calke Abbey and Staunton Harold... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Chris B
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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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Staunton Harold Reservoir near Melbourne, Derbyshire is in the heart of the growing National Forest and offers a range of attractive walks and leisure activities. The site is open every day from dawn until dusk apart from Christmas Day. Car parking...more
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Calke Road, Melbourne DE73 8DN, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having lived in Melbourne for 39 years, we took the valuable opportunity to walk along the low tide line around the reservoir. Easily reached and safely negotiated on firmer sand/mud, we found old buildings which had once been a farmhouse - and barn? It was...More

Thank JANET B
SevernTrent W, Customer Care at Staunton Harold Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Janet, thanks for your review. I'm glad to hear you managed to get some photos of the site with the weather conditions we have had, hopefully you got some great shots of the site! I am also happy to hear you found some good...More

Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Lovely place owned by Severn Trent Water in the grounds around Calke Abbey and Staunton Harold House. Car park is reasonable at £3 to park all day and open until dusk. Great little tea room run by National Trust staff. There is also a kids...More

Thank Chris B
SevernTrent W, customer care at Staunton Harold Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2018

Hi Chris, thank you for your review. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your visit, and I must agree the day is a great day out for the family. The birds and water fowl are amazing to gaze out at as well whilst having some...More

Reviewed 20 September 2018

It's locked outside hours but there are no height barriers preventing higher vehicles getting in albeit there aren't any larger bays for motorhomes and its all sloping for all vehicles quite a bit. Be aware it's chargeable at about £3 for more than a couple...More

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SevernTrent W, customer service represtative at Staunton Harold Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Hi Thanks for your review I'm glad to hear you had an enjoyable visit, the site does offer range of facilites, also throughout the yeat the site put on activites and events to enjoy. You can find more information about the events online. Hope to...More

Reviewed 25 August 2018

lovely walk,took the dog, a few bits off trail are beach like, with sand which was nice. Sadly there was a dead bunny rabbit on the grass, but that comes with nature i suppose.More

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SevernTrent W, Customer Advisor at Staunton Harold Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

I'm sorry to hear about the dead bunny. I hope it didn't ruin your experience too much and that you were able to enjoy the rest of the wonderful nature Staunton Harold has to offer. I'm really pleased you had a lovely walk and thank...More

Reviewed 23 August 2018

Was visiting a friend and she suggested we went here. I was like what we are going to a reservoir! It was a lovely couple of hours we took a picnic and watched the world go by. Not too bus, clean facilities and a nice...More

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SevernTrent W, Customer Advisor at Staunton Harold Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

I appreciate a reservoir might not be the first place that comes to some people's mind to visit. I'm glad you were open to it and able to have a nice time. It is a great spot for a picnic and to relax for a...More

Reviewed 22 August 2018

We visited here primarily for dog walking but decided to go into the café for lunch first. Great friendly service and the paninis were delicious. Well filled and tasty. They came very quickly too. The paths are nice and level and easy to walk along....More

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SevernTrent W, Customer Advisor at Staunton Harold Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

Hi Simon. Thank you for your review. I too love a Panini so I'm happy to hear you enjoyed yours. It's a shame to hear about the chocolate brownie and I will feed that back, but I'm glad the Chocolate Orange Cake made up for...More

Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

We had a quick walk by Staunton Harold Reservoir via Caulke Abbey, with the recent dry weather the reservoir was low but still worth seeing.

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SevernTrent W, Customer Relations at Staunton Harold Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2018

Good Morning Thanks for your review. I'm really glad you enjoyed your walk with us - hopefully you can visit us again soon and take the longer route to really take in the surroundings and beautiful views.

Reviewed 8 August 2018

We went here for the park facilities and a picnic. Perfect! The park is great, there are some woodlands, perfect for den building. Lots of space to picnic plus all the facilities you need if you want to eat in the cafe - which is...More

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SevernTrent W, Customer Relations at Staunton Harold Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2018

Hi Emma Thanks so much for your review - it's great to hear you and all the family had a great day out. You're right - they're really is so much to do and what better way to break up your day with a big...More

Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Spent a long afternoon walking around this reservoir and then walking through beautiful and varied countryside, farm fields with variety of crops, lakeside, woodland, deer park which is part of the Calke Estate etc...a real range of things to see and experience. Walking was relatively...More

Thank annabel609
SevernTrent W, Customer Relations at Staunton Harold Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2018

Hello Thanks so much for your amazing detailed review. You really have hit the nail on the head - it's beautiful ! The varied walks help you see all the different nature and wildlife Staunton has to offer. We really hope to see you again...More

Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

Not sure why this is a national trust cafe as can’t use NT parking and not part of a property. Quite small and dark altho there is outside seating. Take out cups and limited choice-seem to have the prices but not really the quality. Car...More

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SevernTrent W, Customer Relations at Staunton Harold Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2018

Hello Alison Thanks for your review. The café is leased to NT and the decoration and choice of food and drink is completely up to them. Staunton is a small reservoir but we do still have many attractions for families: playground, woodland and a lovely...More

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Response from Peter H | Reviewed this property |
Can I suggest that you google Staunton Harold Reservoir..this will bring up the National trust website who look after the location. Scroll down on that site and it has maps available. But do not think you will need... More
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