Earlswood Lakes, Solihull - A wonderful open space!

Earlswood Lakes is in Solihull. Canal feeder reservoirs to the Stratford-on-Avon Canal.


Earlswood Lakes located in Solihull, West Midlands (but on the Warwickshire side of the border in the Stratford-on-Avon District), there is three man made reservoirs built in the early 19th century to feed water to the nearby Stratford-on-Avon Canal.

 

History of Earlswood Lakes

The main lake is called the Engine Pool, then there is Terry's Pool. Finally there is also the Windmill Pool. On site is also the Earlswood Engine House dating to the 1820s. In total there is 22 acres of reservoirs here. You can go fishing here, walk your dog, walk around the lakes on the paths. You can also go sailing. But cycling of bicycles is not allowed for safety reasons. Malthouse Lane, Valley Road and Wood Lane go near or through the lakes. Car park on site, but The Lakes Station is nearby (a request stop) or Earlswood Station.

The lakes have been popular with visitors since the early 1900s. Especially when The Lakes Station opened on the Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon railway line. But these days there is a car park on site where visitors can start there walk.

 

Earlswood Engine House

Built in 1821. it is a red brick building and is now Grade II listed. Built to pump water from Earlswood Lakes into the nearby Stratford-on-Avon Canal. Located near Valley Road and Wood Lane. It housed a steam engine. It is next to the Earlswood Lakes Car Park (Wood Lane).

Earlswood Engine House

Earlswood Engine House (June 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Earlswood Engine House

Earlswood Engine House (June 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Engine Pool at Earlswood Lakes

This lake is between Wood Lane and Valley Road. The Earlswood Engine House is to the north east corner. Malt House Lane splits it with the Windmill Pool to the south. The Engine Pool is good for fishing. The paths are easy to walk on.

Engine Pool at Earlswood Lakes

Engine Pool at Earlswood Lakes (June 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Engine Pool at Earlswood Lakes

Engine Pool at Earlswood Lakes (June 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Terry's Pool at Earlswood Lakes

This lake is next to the Engine Pool and heads in a south western direction. It is mostly surrounded by trees and the path is a bit rough. Terry's Pool is quite close to the Shakespeare Line and The Lakes Station.

Terry's Pool at Earlswood Lakes

Terry's Pool at Earlswood Lakes (June 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Terry's Pool at Earlswood Lakes

Terry's Pool at Earlswood Lakes (June 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Windmill Pool at Earlswood Lakes

This lake is near Malt House Lane and Valley Road. It stretches south down from near the Engine Pool. The Earlswood Lake Sailing Club is based at the Windmill Pool.

Windmill Pool at Earlswood Lakes

Windmill Pool at Earlswood Lakes (June 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Windmill Pool at Earlswood Lakes

Windmill Pool at Earlswood Lakes (June 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

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12 Jun 2020 - On-going

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