About Draycote

MAP Draycote Water is situated off the A426 one mile south of Dunchurch village near Rugby. It supplies drinking water to Rugby, via Barby Storage Reservoir, and is named after the nearby hamlet of Draycote.

The reservoir was created in the 1960s and was opened in January 1969 and is by far the largest expanse of water in Warwickshire. It covers more than 600 acres (2.4 km²) and holds up to 5,000 million imperial gallons (23 million m3) of water.

It is renowned as a site for Birdwatching and has a bird hide, with a feeding station sponsored by the West Midland Bird Club. Severn-Trent also manage an adjacent 20 acre (81,000 m2) country park. The reservoir hosts Draycote Water Sailing Club and is also popular with boaters, windsurfers, fishers, cyclists and walkers. It is the venue for the annual Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance sponsored walk.

Draycote Water is now home to a herd of over 200 alpacas. Toft Alpacas is based on the banks of the reservoir and the animals can be seen from the road surrounding Draycote. Public footpath walks can be taken off the water to get a closer look at the farm and these unusual inhabitants of rural Warwickshire.

Air Ambulance sponsored walk, 17th May 2009