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    Question Chew Valley Lakes - South of Bristol

    I have scanned the internet for information on canoe access for both lakes. I see that you can sail and dare I say it, go fiing but there is no information about canoe access. Without adding to the current debate , does anyone know if you can paddle either of the lakes?

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    The nearest thing I've found is this page from the Bristol Water website.
    It's about sailing tho' - which is managed by chew valley lake sailing club so I guess either bluff it, or talk to someone at Bristol Water.

    My guess is thanks, but no thanks ...



    Good luck tho' - itis quite pretty through there.

    OT totally now, but we nearly wrote of a Fiat Punto hire car there, braking to avoid some ducks (happily we all survived intact).

    There's a village with very distinctive arectecture there somewhere too - from memory it struck me as looking very Alpine, but I course, I can't remember what it's called ...

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    Ooo this brings back memories..... I went to Chew Valley School, used to run across the dam at the top end of the lake during cross country races.

    The lakes [Chew and Blagdon] are controlled by Bristol Water Plc and can be contacted via:

    Bristol Water Plc
    Recreation Dept
    Woodfood Lodge
    Chew Stoke
    Bristol
    BS40 8XH

    Tel. 01275 332339

    I have never seen a canoe on either lakes, and neither has my father, and he has been fishing them both for over fifty years.

    Would like to know how you get on.....

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    Sprout

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    I used to live just down the road from Chew Valley Lake and I made enquiries through a neighbour who is a sailig club member. I was told the lake is private and only club members were admitted. Seems a shame really, it would be an ideal piece of water.

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    Chew Valley Lake is the biggest inland waterway in the South-West of England....................Oh I feel another petition coming on

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprout View Post
    The lakes [Chew and Blagdon] are controlled by Bristol Water Plc and can be contacted via:

    Bristol Water Plc
    Recreation Dept
    Woodfood Lodge
    Chew Stoke
    Bristol
    BS40 8XH

    Tel. 01275 332339

    I have never seen a canoe on either lakes, and neither has my father, and he has been fishing them both for over fifty years.

    Would like to know how you get on.....

    Cheers

    Sprout
    I rang the above number it was answered "hello Chew Valley Fisheries". Good start I thought

    The "gentleman" informed me that there was no canoeing allowed, as the Sailing Club had exclusive rights. I mentioned that was a pity, at which point he decided to lecture me on joining the waiting list or bidding for the rights in about 3 years time. Only need 1/2 million pounds.

    I gathered from his sarcastic tone that he was a member of the sailing club, who also fished and had a severe disliking for canoeists. I was polite, but he was not It did not strike me that I rang a public service, but more of a private members club.
    Alec aka Wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by GL12 View Post
    I rang the above number it was answered "hello Chew Valley Fisheries". Good start I thought

    The "gentleman" informed me that there was no canoeing allowed, as the Sailing Club had exclusive rights. I mentioned that was a pity, at which point he decided to lecture me on joining the waiting list or bidding for the rights in about 3 years time. Only need 1/2 million pounds.

    I gathered from his sarcastic tone that he was a member of the sailing club, who also fished and had a severe disliking for canoeists. I was polite, but he was not It did not strike me that I rang a public service, but more of a private members club.
    I would sugest a polite enquiry to the sailing club if they have the exclusive rights. If the response isn't polite you could always fly a socking great Jolly Rodger off the canoe and invite them to sue you for damages.
    Happy paddling ,
    Rob.


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    I have written to Bristol Water to complain about the reception that I received. I have also asked for clarification on canoe access.

    It seems that the lake is not exclusive to the sailing club, fishing boats can be hired. http://www.bristolwater.co.uk/pdf/fishing/buzzer07.pdf

    They may have an ageement with the sailing club though.
    Alec aka Wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by GL12 View Post
    I have written to Bristol Water to complain about the reception that I received. I have also asked for clarification on canoe access.
    I think you are right to do so, when the lake was being proposed it was sold to the local community as being something that would become a public amenity not just a reservoir for water. It was a big decision, as good farm land and a local village called Merton now lies at the bottom of Chew.
    Certainly it attracts many visitors to the various picnic sites, You can grab quite a nice meal and a pint at Woodford lodge. There is a huge bird-watching fraternity who descend on the lakes and there are numerous walks around the lakes with all sorts of I&I on the flora and fauna. I really think canoeing should be in keeping.

    Perhaps the chap you spoke with, had thoughts of hordes of kayakers coming down, trashing about the lake - sorry not my personal view, just playing devil's advocate


    Quote Originally Posted by GL12 View Post
    It seems that the lake is not exclusive to the sailing club, fishing boats can be hired. http://www.bristolwater.co.uk/pdf/fishing/buzzer07.pdf
    They may have an agreement with the sailing club though.
    Yes you can hire fishing boats, but for fishing from, not as a casual water craft. [caught my first ever trout from a boat at Butcombe Bay, on Blagdon Lake - yes named after the local village where the brewery is].


    Keep us informed as to how you get on.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprout View Post
    Keep us informed as to how you get on.....
    A copy of the e-mail I received-

    "Thanks for your e mail. Sorry to have taken a while to reply but our e
    mail systems were down yesterday.

    The number you rang is Woodford Lodge, where the Fisheries and
    Recreations Dept is based. I am surprised by your comments regarding the
    attitude of the person to whom you spoke, as our staff there are
    renowned for their polite helpfulness. I will, of course, pass your
    comments to the Fisheries and Recreations Manager.

    As regards your original question: We do not allow canoeing or paddling
    on any Bristol Water lakes. This is for safety and security reasons;
    also, where we have sailing clubs operating, their leases stipulate
    exclusive use of the waters involved for sailing purposes.

    regards"

    Ah... the old safety & security trick , as Inspector Clouseau would say.

    Hoodies on and paddles away (said in the tone of a WW2 RAF pilot ).
    Alec aka Wayne

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    Default A few thoughts.

    I am lucky enough to know Chew well having spent a great deal of my youth Sailing and Fishing on the lake. Alas although I sympathise with the lack of access for canoes I suspect you will struggle against local politics and significant local clout. Even to sail as a junior member in the old days we had to pay a small fortune !

    You might get some access if you offered a green alternative to the outboard powered safety boats at Sailing Events.

    Or maybe organised a project with one of the local schools Chew, Wells Blue or St. Gregory's Bath, which maybe involved youngsters building canoes and then learning to use them on the lake in a responsible manner, local schools used to sail on a wednesday after noon in the Summer Term. Quite a lot is done for the Bristol Schools on the docks etc. but less is done for these more rural schools.

    Hope this helps, will probably get lynched for this if I can ever afford to return home to the Chew Valley to live.

    A Son of Somerset alas in Exile !

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    Default Allez Bath

    Hi Sprout.

    Great to see the Avatar, god i miss saturdays at the Rec.

    A fan in exile in Aberdeenshire, coaching Rugby.

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    You could always try taking a fishing rod along when you go paddling on the lakes! ehm... I mean, you could always take your canoe along when you go fishing on the lakes!

    Soggy

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    My old boss is on the sailing committee - will see how the land lies..(he owes me a favour - I made him a wealthy man!)
    Yos

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    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    Hi Sprout.

    Great to see the Avatar, god i miss saturdays at the Rec.

    So do I..............

    Ahh the glory days of Coochie, Simon Halliday, Dave Edgerton, Richard Spurrell, Barnsy, David Sole ........... I could go on

    Not sure it's the same now it's all become professional

    Yes, the lake is great..........running along the dam as part of the route on cross country races [re:Chew Valley School] brings back memories

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