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Thread: Chew Valley Lake

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006

    Default Chew Valley Lake

    Chew Valley Lake (grid reference ST5659) is a large reservoir in the Chew Valley, Somerset, England, and the fifth-largest artificial lake in the United Kingdom (the largest in south-west England), with an area of 1,200 acres (4.9 kmē). The lake, created in the early 1950s and opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956, 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 used to maintain the flow in the River Chew.

    Before the lake was created, archaeological investigations were carried out that showed evidence of occupation since Neolithic times and included Roman artefacts. The lake is an important site for wildlife and has been dedicated as 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, including some unusual sightings. The lake has indigenous and migrant water birds throughout the year, and two nature trails have been created. The flora (plants) and fauna provide a variety of habitats and include some less common plants and insects.

    Some restricted use for recreational activities is permitted by the owner, Bristol Water, including dinghy sailing and fishing, primarily for trout

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2010

    Default Canoe trip

    Can you paddle down the river chew? I know there is the odd weir , is there enough water? are you allowed .

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    nr Sheffield


    I suspect canoe is a no, but they do have a huge sailing club, so maybe if you put up sails . . .

    according to Bristol Water website "We do not allow kayaking or canoeing on any of our lakes and reservoirs. We also do not allow swimmimg. This is on grounds of safety, security and conservation."

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