Olton Reservoir

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Olton Reservoir
Olton Mere
Location Olton, West Midlands
Coordinates 52°25′53″N 1°48′16″W / 52.43132°N 1.80434°W / 52.43132; -1.80434Coordinates: 52°25′53″N 1°48′16″W / 52.43132°N 1.80434°W / 52.43132; -1.80434
Type canal reservoir
Primary inflows Folly Brook
Primary outflows via culvert to Grand Union Canal
Basin countries England
Managing agency Canal and River Trust
Built 1799
Max. length 695 metres (2,280 ft)
Max. width 200 metres (660 ft)
Surface area 126,000 square metres (31 acres)
Average depth 2.5 metres (8.2 ft)
Water volume 320,000m³ (70 million gallons)
Shore length1 1.70 kilometres (1.06 mi)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Olton Mere, or Olton Reservoir, (grid reference SP134815) is a canal feeder reservoir in the Olton district of Solihull, West Midlands, England.

The reservoir, constructed in 1799 to supply the Grand Union Canal, was formed from marshland fed by Folly Brook. It was designed to hold 150 locks full of water, but this was not achieved until it was extended in 1834. It is the largest of the few areas of open water in Solihull and supports a large number of waterfowl. The lake and its surroundings are privately owned by Canal and River Trust and are leased to Olton Mere Sailing Club.[1]

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  1. ^ "Olton History". Solihull Council. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. 

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