AboutThere are 3 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.
There are several trails around the Reservoirs. 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.
Parking fees apply.
Admission free, car parking charges apply
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Picnic site
- Children welcome
- Parking with charge - The car park costs £1.50 for up to 2 hours or £3 for the whole day. You can buy an annual parking pass for £32, or a multisite parking permit for £60. Parking charges apply for blue badge holders.
- Dogs Accepted - Dogs must be on a lead.
- Public toilets
|Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)|
|Monday - Sunday||Open|
* Open all day every day
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good109
- revbarrywSheffield, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelLovely WalkSaturday, 4th June 2022Limited parking but a very nice walk around the three reservoirs. You can just do one or two as you can walk over the dams. Worth a visit. Read full review
- redb0xtTrip Type:CouplesBeautifulSaturday, 30th July 2022Beautiful scenic route. We love coming here for picnics. And just to get away in the evening for a nice quiet drive out and the music on. We are regulars here and love it Read full review
- Happywanderers20HappywanderersTrip Type:CouplesBreath of fresh air!Friday, 5th August 2022What a beautiful scenic walk! We had a glorious sunny day and the waters looked so clear and blue but I can guarantee whatever the weather, this walk will clear your mind and lift your spirits... Read full review
Map & Directions
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 pub. Take next left after passing Cutthorpe School on right and follow road to car park.
Take A617 to M1 motorway roundabout and take 3rd exit (A617), then follow route from North/South.
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.
Accessible by Public Transport: Chesterield station is 4 miles away.
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 reservoirs.