Tittesworth reservoir is situated in a scenic location, high up in the Staffordshire moorland area and overlooked by The Roaches, a dramatic gritstone edge.
Tittesworth reservoir can now store just over 6.4 billion litres (1.4 billion gallons) of water when full, with a surface area of 76 hectares. The original 1858 dam was only used to regulate the flow of the river Churnet for use in Leek's textile mills, and not for drinking water supply. The existing dam was built between 1959 and 1963, to provide for increasing water demand in Leek, Stoke on Trent and the surrounding area.
It is owned and managed by the Severn Trent Water Authority and has the following recreation facilities available on site
Purpose built Visitor Centre with accessible toilets
Crafts and gifts shop
80 seater restaurant and kiosks
The restaurant serves everything from breakfast to lunches and afternoon teas - all overlooking the water. Outside, there's a children's play area for all ages, a kiosk for ice cream and sweets.
The visitor centre is fully accessible for wheelchairs, and includes award winning fully accessible toilets.
There is full access to the barbecue area, as well as the play area, bird hides and Sensory Garden. This last, highly popular attraction was designed by three Midland schools specifically for the benefit of the partially sighted and people with disabilities.
The short trail starts at the Visitor Centre and loops through Foster's Wood, it takes about 45 minutes. This is now accessible for wheelchairs, although there are some steeper gradients.
The long trail is about 4.5 miles (7kms) and at a leisurely pace should take approximately 3 hours.
Bank and boat fishing are allowed and there is a conservation area with two bird hides.
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