Chew Valley Lake

Bristol Water - Supplying 1.2 million with drinking water daily

Chew Valley Lake is the largest of Bristol Waters 5 lakes, and the largest in south-west England, with an area of 1,200 acres (4.9 km²). The lake was created in the early 1950s and opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956. Today the lake provides much of the drinking water for the city of Bristol and surrounding area, taking its supply from the Mendip Hills. Some of the water from the lake is also used to maintain the flow in the River Chew.

The lake is an important wildlife haven and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA). It is a national centre for birdwatching, with over 260 species recorded. The lake has indigenous and migrant water birds throughout the year, and two nature trails have been created. The flora and fauna provide habitats for some less common plants and insects.

Facilities include; parking, picnic areas, walks, nature trails, two restaurants (Woodford & Salt & Malt – currently closed,) fly fishing from boats and bank, and a community sailing club.  Bird hides and lakeside routes for bird watching are also available on a permit basis.

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Walley Lane
Bristol BS40 8XS GB
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