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Linacre Reservoirs

Type:Reservoir

Woodnook Lane
Cutthorpe
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S42 7AU
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Tel01629 540696

Linacre Dam

About

There are three reservoirs at Linacre, built between 1855 and 1904 and, between them, they hold more than 240 million gallons of water. The reservoirs are surrounded by fields and bluebell woods.

A network of trails and footpaths crisscross the valley and Holme Brook cascades through as it makes its way to Chesterfield. The paths are well edged and you can make up any length of walk you like. Part of the trail around the Upper Reservoir crosses the water on a boardwalk - parents with children should take care as it has no railing.

In spring, the woods around the Reservoirs are carpeted with bluebells and they were, at one time, coppiced - information boards explain how coppicing worked. You can find many oak trees, along with beech, alder (which likes to keep its feet wet), larch and pine. Conifers are often planted next to reservoirs for two reasons. They keep away farm animals which might pollute the water and, after a few years, they can be sold for timber.

The site is a haven for wildlife. Nuthatches, flycatchers and woodpeckers can be seen and heard as they flit among the canopy and kingfishers and mandarin ducks can be spotted around the water's edge

Parking fees apply.

Guide Prices

Admission free
Car parking costs - £1 for up to 2 hours or £2.50 for the day

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Catering

  • Picnic site

Children

  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted
  • Public toilets

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* Open all day every day

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At roundabout (traffic light controlled) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select right lane and take 2nd exit. Keep in right hand lane and go straight on through traffic lights and round 'Crooked Spire' Church. Select right hand lane. At traffic lights go straight on. Keep to right hand lane as approach large roundabout with car park in middle. Follow signs to Sheffield round roundabout and, at mini roundabout, take 1st exit (B6051, Newbold Road). Go straight on at all mini roundabouts. At traffic lights select right hand lane and go straight on. Follow road for approx 1 mile to Four Lanes End and take left turn signposted Cutthorpe (B6050). Follow road through village, passing Three Merry Lads pub and the Peacock. Take next left after passing Cutthorpe School on right and follow road to car park. From East Take A617 to M1 motorway roundabout and take 3rd exit (A617), then follow route from North/South. From West Take A619 to Chesterfield. Pass Brookfield Community School on left and, at traffic lights, turn left onto Storrs Road. Follow road to end and, at mini roundabout, take 1st exit. Take next right (Slack Lane). At next roundabout take 2nd exit (B6150). At roundabout take 2nd exit (B6150). At traffic lights select left lane and turn left. Follow road for approx 1 mile to Four Lanes End, then follow route from North/South.

Public Transport Directions

Chesterfield train station 4 miles

Bus number 16/16A (7 per day, 2 per day on Sundays)

The bus only goes to the entrance to Linacre Reservoirs and it is a walk of over ½ mile down to the reseroirs.

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