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Knipton Reservoir

2 miles (2.5 km)

An easy walk from the village of Knipton to Branston, passing Knipton Reservoir on the way. The route follows a lovely country lane with views of the beautiful Vale of Belvoircountryside.
The walk starts in the pretty Leicestershire village of Knipton, on the border of the Belvoir Castle Estate. In the village there's some pretty 19th century cottages built for the estate and a Grade II listed church with a 13th-century tower.
You can follow Branston Lane south towards Branston. At Croxton Lodge you turn right to follow a footpath past the southern end of the reservoir into Branston. There's some nice views of the River Devon and the reservoir before coming into the village. Here you will find several interesting Grade II listed buildings including 18th-century farmhouses, the early 19th-century Old Rectory,a Village Hall dating from 1843 and the parish church which originatesfrom the 13th century with alterations up the 15th.
To extend your walking in the area head north and explore the Belvoir Estate on our Woolsthorpe and Belvoir Castle Walk.
Also nearby is the pretty Denton Reservoir where you enjoy nice grassy paths around the water before picking up the towpath of the Grantham Canal.

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Knipton, Leicestershire - geograph.org.uk - 27651

Knipton village. Small ironstone village, many houses belong to the Belvoir Castle Estate. The stream going under the road in the middle of the picture eventually flows into the River Devon. The village shop and post office is the building on the right. Note the traditional red telephone box!

Farmland above Knipton Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 998177

Farmland above the reservoir. At the top of the hill above the reservoir the farmland flattens out into a large plateau. This field has been lying fallow this year. Knipton Reservoir, seen in the distance, is managed by the Belvoir Castle Estate and lies inSK8130.

Farmland to the north of Knipton Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 998838

Farmland to the north of Knipton Reservoir. This view from the high farmland plateau inSK8129across the reservoir to the farmland on the other side demonstrates what an ideal spot this is for a reservoir. The small, private, flooded valley with steeply shelving wooded banks also provides a sheltered habitat for birds and animals of all kinds.

Fields above Knipton Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 998162

View near Knipton. The woodland to the left borders the reservoir

By Branston Lane - geograph.org.uk - 3350138

By Branston Lane

Knipton Road passes Croxton Lodge Cottages - geograph.org.uk - 3350133

Knipton Road passes Croxton Lodge Cottages

Towards Branston - geograph.org.uk - 3350135

Towards Branston

Cottages off Main Street, Branston - geograph.org.uk - 998138

Cottages off Main Street, Branston. There are several groups of cottages built on "spurs" off Main Street but still with a Main Street address. These two are on the farm track to Hall Farm, (off to the right), which is also the bridleway to Croxton Lodge on Knipton Road.

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