Enjoy a waterside walk along this pretty reservoir in the Charnwood Forest area of Leicestershire. It's about a 3.5 mile walk around the water with nice views of the surrounding countryside and woodland. You can also look out for a variety of water loving wildlife on the lake. Keep your eyes peeled for tufted duck, cormorant, great crested grebe and canada goose.
There's a car park at the north western end of the water on Roecliffe Road. From here you can pick up the nice surfaced footpath which will take you along the western side of the reservoir to the boat house. You can follow footpaths all the way around the reservoir with a visit to the little village of Cropston on the eastern side. The last half mile from Cropston back to the car park follows pavements along Reservoir Road and Roecliffe Road.
The route includes a section through the adjacent Bradgate Country Park where you can look out for the resident deer.
There's lots of good options if you would like to extend your walk. You could further explore the parkland and woodland of the 830 acre Bradgate Park or head north and visit Swithland Woods and Swithland Reservoir.
The Charnwood Forest circular walk also passes the reservoir so you could pick this up and head to the second highest point in the county at Beacon Hill.
PostcodeLE7 7HQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Cropston Reservoir Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Cropston Reservoir Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Cropston Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Cropston Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
About a mile north of the reservoir you'll find the pretty village of Swithland and the Griffin Inn. They do good food and have a covered outdoor area which can be used rain or shine. There's a stylish interior too with with exposed beams and stone walls. In 2019 they were voted pub of the year in the Leicestershire Tourism and Hospitality Awards. You can find the pub at postcode LE12 8TJ.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Woodhouse Eaves Walk starts from the nearby pretty village. It visits the reservoir as well as Swithland Woods and Swithland Reservoir.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Leicestershire Walks page.