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Published November 3rd 2015
From A Giant Hole To Premier Lake And Wildlife Site
It is hard to believe that the beautiful setting of Branston Water Park was once a huge open cast gravel pit.
As soon as all the sand and gravel had been extracted and the pit abandoned in the 1950s, a lake gradually began to form in its place due to the large hole filling with ground water from the natural water table.
Along the edge of the lake there are regular fishing platforms and vantage points to get some of the best views of the birdlife on the water, including the curiously named Alligator Point which also has a small picnic seating area.
The unusually named Alligator Point offers great views and a place to sit
These give you the best view of the islands dotted on the lake, but visitors can also enjoy a meadow area and a reed bed said to be one of the largest in Staffordshire and of particular importance to wildlife.
The site has been designated as a Local Nature Reserve and also forms part of The National Forest Way - a 75 mile long walking trail linking the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire to Beacon Hill Country Park in neighbouring Leicestershire.
Another view of the main lake from the circular footpath