Butterley Reservoir

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50 Acres

Biggest Carp



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Butterley Reservoir is a carp lake based in Swanwick, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. It has a stock of around carp and is 50 Acres in size. The biggest carp is over 20lb+

The reservoir is located just off junction 28 of the M1, the easiest way to find it from any direction being to follow the National Heritage signs for the Midland Railway Centre. .

Built by William Jessop around 1795, it is the largest of three built to service the Cromford Canal, the other two being Codnor Park and Butterley Park, the latter was dismantled in 1935. It was created by damming the Hartshay Brook and covers a surface area of around 50 acres, containing an estimated 283 million gallons of water.

In 1875 the Midland Railway took the Ambergate to Pye Bridge line west to east over the reservoir via a wooden viaduct that had 22 equal spans of 9.1mtrs. This was replaced around 1930 when LMS built the stone causeway that exists today.

It has changed somewhat over the years, none more so than during the last few years thanks to the efforts of the Angling Club and their maintenance team.

The reservoir is split in two by the Midland Railway that crosses it. It is effectively two venues. It will reward the anglers who put in the effort.

In the summer months a walk to the shallow areas can be of benefit, in the colder months the deeper water pegs along the dam wall are more popular.

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