This short walk visits Blackbrook Reservoir near Coalville in Leicestershire. There are walking trails on the southern and northern ends of the water with pockets of woodland and nice views of the surrounding countryside.
The Ivanhoe Way long distance footpath runs through Whitwick and Thringstone so you can pick up this path to extend your walk. You could follow the trail through Cademan Wood and the historic Grace Dieu Priory just to the west of the reservoir.
If you follow the trail south you can visit Thornton Reservoir which has nice footpaths along the water.
You can also link up with Bagworth Heath Woods near here too.
The Shepshed Walk visits the reservoir from the nearby town. It then goes on to explore the historic Mount St Bernard Abbey just to the south of the reservoir.
Blackbrook Reservoir Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Blackbrook Reservoir Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Blackbrook Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Blackbrook Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the south east you can pick up the Charnwood Forest Walk. The circular trail explores the parks, woodland, hills, nature reserves and countryside of the Forest district.
About a couple of miles south of the reservoir you can climb to the highest point in Leicestershire at Bardon Hill.
On the western side of Coalville there's some peaceful woodland trails and pretty lakes to see at Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood and Sence Valley Forest Park.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Leicestershire Walks page.