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5 Lake/ River/ Ponds to explore in Leicestershire


Leicestershire is a landlocked county in the English Midlands, being within the East Midlands. Leicestershire takes its name from the city of Leicester located at its centre and administered separately from the rest of the county. The ceremonial county – the non-metropolitan county plus the city of Leicester – has a total population of just over 1 million, more than half of which lives in the Leicester Urban Area.

Ashby Canal
Ashby CanalAshby Canal, Swadlincote DE12, UK

Ashby Canal is a 31-mile long canal running from the mining town of Moira in Leicestershire to the point at which it connects with the Coventry canal in Warwickshire. It is the perfect destination for first-time boaters, more mature boaters, or those looking for a lock-free stretch of inland waterways. This gentle and pretty route is ideal for walkers too.

Sence Valley Forest Park
Sence Valley Forest Park14 Ravenstone Rd, Ibstock LE67 6NW, UK

A beautiful 60ha country park created by Leicestershire County Council on a former opencast colliery site near Heather. It includes the River Sence and three major lakes, which attract a wide variety of wildfowl. Large areas of the site are planted with Corsican pine, larch and poplars, which will provide an income when they are thinned in about 20 years. It is excellent for birdwatchers. Surfaced trails provide access for walkers, cyclists, riders and disabled visitors. A varied events programm

Staunton Harold Reservoir
Staunton Harold ReservoirStaunton Harold Reservoir, United Kingdom

This beautiful 210-acre reservoir was built in 1964. It has a visitor center and wildflower meadow. You can enjoy bird watching, dinghy, and sailboarding with the Staunton Harold Sailing Club. The reservoir also includes two nature reserves, coarse fishing and the Staunton Harold Sailing Club. Has an events programme and features a large adventure play area.

Stoney Cove
Stoney CoveStoney Cove, Leicester LE9, UK

Stoney Cove is a large flooded quarry which is a popular inland scuba diving site, located between Stoney Stanton and Sapcote in Leicestershire, England. It is now home of the UK National Diving Centre, probably the body of water where more people qualify as scuba divers than any other place in the UK. The site is regularly used to train police divers and even US Air Force.

Thornton Reservoir
Thornton ReservoirThornton Reservoir, Coalville LE67, UK

Thornton Reservoir lies in a quiet, picturesque valley and was opened to the public in 1997. A surfaced track allows you to walk all the way around the reservoir and to the woodland on the north shore. The trout fishery is open to the public and the water is home to a variety of wildfowl. The reservoir is fed by two small streams which enter from the north via two weirs. Rothley Brook takes water away from the south.

Map of Lake/ River/ Ponds to explore in Leicestershire