Staunton Harold Reservoir | Day Out With The Kids

Staunton Harold Reservoir

5 star Rating 5 / 5 1 reviews

Melbourne, Derbyshire, England

  • Lake at Staunton Harold Reservoir in Melbourne
  • Cyclist at Staunton Harold Reservoir in Melbourne
  • Ducks on lake at Staunton Harold Reservoir in Melbourne

Attraction Information

  • Parks and Playgrounds icon Parks and Playgrounds
  • Cycling icon Cycling

Ages: all ages

Venue type: Outdoor

Staunton Harold Reservoir is located in the heart of the National Forest, between Derby and Burton on Trent, and was once home to a remarkable range of industries, giving you options for some secret schooling if you like!

It is much more peaceful now, welcoming families with a lot of good work still being done to manage and protect the landscape. It is open all year and free to visit, making it a great place to take the kids, whatever the season and of course all the best bits change alongside the seasons!

There are a number of outdoor and leisure activities available at this wildlife reserve, such as an adventure playground, fishing, bird watching, sailing and cycling, as well as countryside walks for those who want to explore the region. Public footpaths lead to Calke Abbey and beyond to Foremark Reservoir. There is also a Visitor Centre, which includes an information room and overlooks the adventure playground and the spectacular views that surround it.

There is an abundance of wildlife to discover and a gentle walk along the reservoir will take you wildflower meadows to Dinsdale Nature Reserve, which is also open to the public. Information boards, picnic tables, and seats can be found around the car park, visitor centre, and reservoir, so you can really make a day of it and bring a picnic to enjoy.

There are 2 wheelchair accessible picnic tables near Tower Windmill, a Ranger's office, toilets (including disabled), and a Refreshment Kiosk that is open daily between Easter and the end of September.


  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Picnics Picnics Allowed
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Calke Road, Melbourne, Derbyshire, DE73 1DL, England


Click here to visit Staunton Harold Reservoir's website
01332 865 081

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

1st April - 31st October
Monday to Sunday 07:00 - dusk

1st November - 31st March
Monday to Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
Closed 25th December


Free admission

More Information

Pets allowed

Dogs are welcome

Parking facilities

Pay and Display


Wonderful views, great family day out

5 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by Sllanos . 13.02.17

Plenty of walking routes that are not too taxing, some will even accommodate a push chair though would recommend a sling/carry if you have a young child to make the most of all the reservoir. Picnic area by the boating lake is very picturesque and there is a children's play area here as well to keep them entertained whilst you eat. Just watch our for goose poo.