- Watermead Country Park
The Watermead Country Park is a network of artificial lakes in the valley of the
River Soarand the Grand Union Canal (old), to the north of Leicester, in Leicestershire. It runs north-south along the path of the watercourses, with Birstall to the west and Thurmastonto the east. The parks provide bird watching, fishingand watersportsfacilities.
The northern-most lake is named John Merricks Lake, after the late
John Merricks, a silver Olympic medalist who practiced sailing on the lake prior to his tragic death in a car accident in 1997.
Further south is King Lear's Lake, a popular fishing lake which can be circumnavigated and is popular with people walking dogs and cyclists. A statue on the western side of the lake depicts the final scene of Shakespeare's play
King Lear. The lake is also used for open water swim training by Leicester Triathlon Club, and for water training of Newfoundland Dogs.
There are several further artificial lakes continuing south following the course of the canal ending with the southern-most lake, often referred to as the Mammoth lake due to the presence of a large statue of a Mammoth atop a small hill aside the lake, from where one can see Leicester and the surrounding area for some miles in either direction. There was a previous
woolly mammothwhere the current one stands, although it was burned down in an arson attack several years ago. The Millennium Mammoth was built to commemorate the discovery of ice age mammoth remains found when Watermead was a quarry.
There are plans currently being discussed to construct a new visitor centre with a lakeside cafe, visitor facilities and disabled services within the park, at a potential cost of around £5.5m.
* [http://www.leics.gov.uk/country_parks_watermead County Council page]
* [http://www.leicestertriathlonclub.co.uk Leicester Triathlon Club]
* [http://paddlepaws.org/ 'Paddlepaws' website describing water training of Newfoundland dogs]
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