Opening times for 2 December 2023
Asset Opening time Staunton Harold 08:00 - 16:00 Café 10:00 - 15:00
Last entry to Staunton Harold is at 4pm and the car park will be locked by 5pm. Any vehicles remaining after this time will need to be collected when Staunton Harold reopens the following morning. Please bear this in mind when planning your visit. The café is open daily from 10am to 3pm, but may be closed for all or some of the day, in poor or adverse weather.MTWTFSS2728293012345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
Enjoy light refreshments in the café.
Dogs are welcome to explore Staunton Harold, but must be on a lead near the car park, visitor facilities, play area and inside the café.
There is one main car park.
Available at the visitor facilities.
Accessible parking and toilets. Some accessible paths with variable gradients but no steep slopes.
Accessible route and/or map
Wheelchair accessible way-marked walk with crushed stone surface and no steep slopes. There is a map available to show this walk on the welcome sign in the car park.
Ramp access with handrails to the café.
Available at the visitor facilities.
There is moveable seating inside the café. Outside, there are fixed picnic benches with gaps to provide access for wheelchair users.
Available in the main car park.
on A514 at Ticknall between Swadlincote and Melbourne. Access from M42/A42 exit 13 and A50 Derby South.
Sat Nav: If using SatNav please use postcode DE73 8DN, or use latitude and longitude coordinates 52.81089, -1.5062.
Derby 9 miles; Burton 10 miles
The nearest bus stop is in Melbourne, Derbyshire, 1.2 miles from Staunton Harold. There are pavements along the road to Staunton.
Find out everything you need to know about visiting Staunton Harold with your dog, including the best walks to explore, the dog-friendly café and the canine code.
Take a look at the map of Staunton Harold to help plan your visit.
Man-made reservoir which plays an important part in the water supply network, and an important habitat for wildlife.
Built in 1798 by Lord Melbourne at a cost of £250 and altered in the 1960s in an unsuccessful attempt to convert into an observation tower.
Variety of walks through wildflower meadow or across arable fields and woodland to the historic parkland at Calke Abbey.
Car parks at Dimminsdale and Calke village provide access to the south of the reservoir, Calke park and nature reserves: Dimminsdale and Spring Wood.
Waterside play area and activities as part of '50 things to do before you’re 11¾'.
Dog-friendly café open year-round, serving light refreshments and a small retail offer.
From walking and water sports to wildlife spotting and outdoor play, find out what there is to see and do on your visit to Staunton Harold here.
Fancy a day on the water? Staunton Harold Sailing Club offers a variety of water sports at Staunton, from sailing activities to windsurfing and paddleboarding, with training available for beginners of all ages. All launching of watercraft must be through the sailing club.
The tranquil surroundings of Staunton Harold make an ideal fishing spot, with around 2.2km of bank fishing available. Day tickets are available through Burton Mutual Angling Association.
Eating at Staunton Harold
The café is open every day serving a range of hot and cold drinks, light bites, sandwiches and sweet treats. Dogs are welcome inside the café, with dog treats and essentials available to buy. Seating is available indoors and outdoors.
An intriguing pentagonal gate lodge with elegant interiors surrounded by Calke Abbey parkland.
A beautifully restored thatched cottage with a modern rustic interior, set within Calke Abbey.
A cosy cottage packed full of character features and with stunning views over the Calke Estate.
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.