This large reservoir in the Blithe Valley has three nice colour coded walking trails to try. The blue route shown below starts from the free car park towards the northern end of the lake. It's a short circular walk taking you through the broadleaf and coniferous woodland. The route is accessible and includes a bird hide where you can look out for a wide variety of birds.
There are also two longer walks to try. The red route includes woodland trails, reservoir views and a boardwalk through wetland with various interesting plants and wildflowers to look out for. The yellow route is the longest and takes you through a wildower meadow and Stansley Wood where there are bluebells in the spring.
Another nice walk along the reservoir can be found at Watery Lane on the eastern side of the water just below the B5013. This takes you right along the water and is suitable for cyclists.
You can see all the three routes marked out on the open street view map link below.
The Staffordshire Way runs past the southern end of the reservoir so there is scope for continuing your walk along this long distance path. If you follow it west you can pick up the Trent and Mersey Canal and head to Shugborough Park near Great Haywood and Little Haywood. Here you will find the 900 acre Shugborough Estate with its mansion house and delightful gardens.
PostcodeWS15 3PQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Blithfield Reservoir Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Blithfield Reservoir Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Blithfield Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Blithfield Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
From the southern end of the reservoir you can follow the Staffordshire Way a short distance to the north to visit the little village of Abbots Bromley. Here you'll find a few nice pubs where you can enjoy refreshments after your exercise. The Crown is a good choice with a friendly atmosphere and a good menu. In the winter you'll find a nice cosy fire indoors while outside there's a nice garden area for warmer days. You can find it in the Market Place with a postcode of WS15 3BS for your sat navs.
Dogs are welcome at the reservoir but please keep them on leads.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Uttoxeter Walk visits the reservoir from the train station at the nearby town. It's about a 7.5 mile walk passing Bagot Forest and Abbots Bromley on the way.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Staffordshire Walks page.