Chew Valley Lake is a large manmade reservoir in the Chew Valley. The lake was created by Bristol Water in the early 1950s to provide drinking water to the city of Bristol and surrounding areas. Covering an area of 1,200 acres, it is the fifth largest artificial lake in the UK.
The lake is located on the northern foothills of the Mendips. It is surrounded by beautiful agricultural countryside, meadows and woodlands. The lake is home to numerous wildlife species and as a result has been dedicated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is an extremely popular fly-fishing site and a national centre for birdwatching with over 260 species spotted to date. Two nature trails and a reserve allow visitors to find out more about the unique wildlife of this area.
Activities at the lake include water sports (such as windsurfing and sailing), woodland hikes and picnicking amongst beautiful scenery.