Tittesworth Reservoir, Severn Trent Water, Meerbrook, near Leek, Staffordshire
Tittesworth Reservoir, (Severn Trent Water) Meerbrook, near Leek, Staffordshire, produces water for Leek, Stoke on Trent and the surrounding area. There is a visitor centre and nearby lies The Roaches, with many opportunities for walking and rock-climbing
|The dam at Tittesworth was constructed across the River Churnet between 1959 and 1963, to provide for increasing water demand in Leek, Stoke on Trent and the surrounding area. It replaced a much smaller (about a third of the size) Victorian dam which had been built to supply the local dyeing industry in Leek. A new treatment plant was commissioned in the mid 1990s, to supply up to 45 million litres (10 million gallons) of water a day. |
A new visitor centre, interactive exhibition, shops and enlarged restaurant were opened in 1998. The river Churnet enters the reservoir just by the visitor centre and there is a picnic area here. The reservoir lies just below The Roaches, which form a spectacular backdrop.
The reservoir has a wide range of wildlife. There is an information area, exhibition, restaurant, shop, play area, water-saving garden, bird-watching hides and trails. Please note that fishing is not allowed. Parking and limited wheelchair access - parking costs £2.50 for 2 hours and £4.70 for all day.
Events & Activities Hotline: 0870 179 1111
How to get there
from the centre of Leek head out on the A523 Macclesfield road, but about 300m from the church turn right along the minor road which crosses the Churnet and leads to Meerbrook. In the village turn right and then right again to the Visitor Centre. From the A53 Buxton - Leek road, coming from Buxton, turn right at the Horsehoe Inn at Blackshaw Moor.
By Bus: the X18 service from Buxton to Leek goes through Blackshaw Moor, as do the 443 and 448 Leek - Longnor services. From here it is a walk of about 2km.
When is it open?
The Visitor Centre is open every day except Christmas Day from 10.00am. For more information, telephone Tittesworth Water on 01538 300188.
What does it cost?
No charge for the Visitor Centre the car park costs £2.50 for up to two hours or £4.70 all day.
Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary.
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