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Branston Water Park Nature Reserve

Length:            TBC

Duration:         60 minutes

Difficulty:        Easy

Direction:        Circular

Accessibility: Flat Tarmac pathways. Picnic benches are wheelchair accessible. Disabled toilet with RADAR lock alongside the onsite café. Interpretation boards installed at a suitable height for wheelchair users. Two disabled fishing pegs (for members of the Burton Mutual Angling Association only). Birdhide with viewing slots designed for wheelchair users. Disabled parking bays.



A lovely easy walk in East Staffordshire is Branston Water Park just outside Burton upon Trent. Now a thriving nature reserve, Branston Water Park was originally a gravel pit and when it was closed in the 1950s it was left for nature to take over and the disused pit filled with water naturally.

Before setting off on your walk head to ‘Alligator Point’, a small peninsula with a viewing area that looks out across the stunning views across the lake. There are five islands within the lake, these are strictly for the wildlife (no alligators, I promise) and not accessible to us humans. The lake is home to carp, bream, tench, pike, roach, perch and eels and popular with local angling club members.

A flat footpath runs around the entire perimeter of the lake making Branston Water Park ideal for families with babies in strollers. The path meanders through woodland, wetland and the wildflower meadow, with plenty of viewing platforms and picnic benches to watch the diverse and wonderful wildlife close up. Information boards around the lake describe the variety of wildlife, birds and their habitats that can be found residing in this urban nature reserve and great for a game of I spy. Visit at the right time and you may even see the resident swan nesting in the sprawling reed bed.

This easy, flat walk is just over a mile and takes around forty minutes to go all the way around the lake, but take your time, look for the wildlife and relax along the way.

There is a café on site, the Hub Cafe, next to the car park, for a light lunch, bacon butties and drinks and other facilities include a children’s play area, toilets, and a picnic area or you can head around the corner to the Bridge Inn to enjoy a delicious Italian lunch or dinner, especially lovely in summer when you can take advantage of their quaint little beer garden.

Branston Water Park is nestled next to the Trent and Mersey Canal, therefore this walk can easily be extended to include the Monks and Moorings Walk, which passes by the historic Sinai House and takes in views from Battlestead Hill, the reputed site of a bloody battle between the Angles and Danes. You can also walk 3 miles along the canal the other way to Barton Marina for lunch or an ice-cream.


Starting Point:

Branston Water Park, Lichfield RoadBranston, Burton upon TrentStaffordshireDE14 3HD

Opening times:

Summer Opening and Closing      (1st April to 31st October)            08:00 – 21:00

Winter Opening and Closing         (1st November to 31st March)     08:00 – 16:30


  • Disabled Access                Yes
  • Dogs                                    Yes
  • Fishing                                Burton Angling Association members only
  • Food & Drink                     Yes
  • Parking                               Free – height barrier: 2.1m
  • Picnic area                         Yes
  • Paths                                   Surfaced
  • Toilets                                 Yes
  • Walking Trails                   Yes
  • Children’s Paly Area         Yes



You can download a walk map from here 

Getting there:

  • Alton Towers                                   25 miles
  • Burton upon Trent                         7.5 miles
  • Conkers                                            12 miles
  • Peak District National Park           25 miles
  • Trentham Gardens                         36 miles
  • Uttoxeter                                          16 miles



  • Burton                                 6.7 miles
  • Tutbury                               10.7 miles
  • Uttoxeter                           16.2 miles


Other attractions in the area:

  • Branston Water Park
  • Barton Marina                                                               2.3 miles
  • Bridge Inn                                                                      0.5 miles
  • Monks & Moorings Walk
  • Sinai House                                                                    7.6 miles


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Branston Water Park
Lichfield Road
Burton upon Trent
DE14 3HD
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