“ Reservoir and visitor centre. Located off A514, Nr Ticknall, Derbyshire. tel = 01283 701709 „
Foremark reservoir and Visitor centre is a great day out for any family. Its located just off the A514, Near Ticknall in Derby.
I am quite local to Foremark as I live in Derby myself but while visiting another local reservoir called Swarkestone I found out about this reservoir as I had never heard of this before.
As you drive into Foremark there are parking barriers for you too get a ticket and I believe the parking is £1.50 all day which isnt too bad but can be quite steep when you just want to nip around for a 20-30minute walk around the lake.
There are two tracks too drive up too the reservoir which just take you to two different sections. One is takes you too a big carpark which has a childrens park, toilets, visitor centre and little snack shop. The other track takes you to another carpark but just takes you too a wall where you can view the lake from.
The visitor centre is slightly small it has a few free leaflets with information on etc. They could really make this into a good museum type room for children which I think could be a good idea. The toilets are nice and clean which is a big plus for me! The snack shop sells icecreams, drinks and few chocolate snacks etc.
As soon as you park up infront of you is a massive field of grass with the lake directly infront of you. There are several picnic benches and seats so you can take a picnic and blanket and sit virtually right on the edge of the water.
In the summer its great because you can get right up to the water and the children can have a little paddle. You must be warned though it is VERY windy as its a massive open space and I tend to find even in the hottest weather that it is very cold because of the wind!
There is a woodland walk around the lake which is nice for bird watchers as there are plenty of sections with benchs and information boards telling you about the area. There is also a local sailing club on the other side of the lake so you will most likely see people in there boats etc which is also great for the children.
The childrens park is great. It has a wooden climbing appratus and swings etc but the big downfall is there wasnt much for toddlers and younger children, just one set of baby swings.
A great day out for the family and for a nice stroll on a cheap price in the credit crunch!!
The reservoirs in this country used to be locked away behind iron gates and unseen by most of the public, but over the past few years many of these reservoirs have been made accessible to casual visitors. Foremark Reservoir is within the National Forest near Ticknall in Derbyshire and is a very pleasant place to visit. This reservoir is 230 acres in size, which means it is about four and a half miles all the way around. You can get to the reservoir from the A514, which takes you to the visitor centre. The facilities at the centre are not very big but are very clean and useful. There is an information room telling you about the reservoir, with a number of free leaflets available giving further information. A small snack bar sells drinks, snacks and ice creams and there are toilets here as well. Near to the visitor centre is a children’s play area with a whole range of play apparatus. There is a 2 mile woodland walk you can take from the car park and also a whole area around the side of the lake where you can walk along the grass banks. Benches are situated all along the walks where you can sit and look over the lake. On the opposite side of the lake there is the Burton Sailing Club and you can watch the dingys sailing on the water. You can also contact the club for sailing lessons or joining in their events. Some of the areas of the lake are also designated as fishing zones, but you need to check the map to find a designated area. There is also a nature reserve at one end of the reservoir and I am sure that the area must be popular with bird watchers. Like most reservoirs the area is windy, but there are many sheltered spots where you can relax and enjoy the very pleasant view over the water. If you want to breathe in a good dose of fresh air, or take a picnic to a very pleasant location then I would suggest you make a visit to this reservoir.