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Driving Directions To: THORNTON RESERVOIR, THORNTON, LEICESTERSHIRE

From Leicester

Leave Leicester on the A47. At the Braunstone Crossroads, turn right onto the B5830, towards Glenfield and the A46/M1.

At the roundabout, turn left, towards Kirby Muxloe, and head down the hill. At the next roundabout go straight on. At the mini-roundabout turn left.

Continue along this road passing the industrial area on the left, and then turn right, signposted Botcheston.

Where the road turns off to Botcheston, keep right, and proceed along Markfield Lane. After about 2km, turn left, signposted Thornton.

You can either park on the left before the reservoir, or continue to the main car park just after the dam. Walks start from the main car park usually.

From Hinckley

Take the A47 North East towards Leicester. Continue through Earl Shilton, and ignore the first turn to Desford (and Peckleton) continuing to the Desford Crossroads with the B582.

Turn left here, and proceed along Leicester Lane, until you reach the edge of Desford. Opposite the College, turn right onto the B5380.

After the level crossing, turn left (signposted Botcheston).

Where the road turns off to Botcheston, keep right, and proceed along Markfield Lane. After about 2km, turn left, signposted Thornton.

You can either park on the left before the reservoir, or continue to the main car park just after the dam. Walks start from the main car park usually.

From Loughborough

Leave Loughborough by Forest Road. At the Nanpanton Crossroads, go straight on, and again go straight on at Whittle Hill, onto the B591 towards Markfield.

Continue straight on at Copt Oak, crossing the M1, and coming down to the roundabout (with the petrol station off to the right). Go straight on (signed Stanton under Bardon) and where the road splits, keep left (Cliffe Hill Road) away from Stanton.

At the next junction, turn right (towards Thornton) then right again. Pass a school on the left, and continue along this road to the end.

Turn left, and drive through the village. Were the road splits, turn left. The main car park (where walks start from) is just before the dam. There is extra parking just after the dam.

From Coalville

Leave Coalville on the A511 towards Leicester. Keep on the A511 past the Bardon and Stardust roundabouts. At the next roundabout, turn right, signes Stanton under Bardon. Where the road splits, keep left (Cliffe Hill Road) away from Stanton.

At the next junction, turn right (towards Thornton) then right again. Pass a school on the left, and continue along this road to the end.

Turn left, and drive through the village. Were the road splits, turn left. The main car park (where walks start from) is just before the dam. There is extra parking just after the dam.

From the M1 North / South

Leave the M1 at Junction 22. take the minor road (cliffe Lane) alongside the service station (first exit from M1 South, 3rd from M1 North).

Follow this road around the edge of Cliffe Hill Quarry. Take the second left, then at the end of the road turn right (towards Thornton). Pass a school on the left, and continue along this road to the end.

Turn left, and drive through the village. Were the road splits, turn left. The main car park (where walks start from) is just before the dam. There is extra parking just after the dam.