Chew Valley Lake
This walk follows the delightful nature trail which runs along the eastern side of this large lake in Chew Stoke. The trail is well surfaced and offers great views across the lake towards Denny Island, a nesting site for Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck and Canada Geese. You will also pass the reed beds where you can look out for Reed Bunting and in the summer, enjoy the purple flowers of March Woundwort.
The trail includes an area of woodland with Sweet Chestnut, Beech and Sycamore trees. Look out for Coal Tits, Chaffinches and the brown Tree Creeper in this area. There's also a pond, a wildflower meadow and wonderful views across the lake towards the Mendip Hills. After your walk you can enjoy refreshments in the lakeside cafe.
The lake is located just south of Chew Magna and has a car park at the start of this route. You can easily reach the lake from the village by following our Chew Magna Circular Walk which visits the River Chew and Knowle Hill before descending to the lakeside. The Two Rivers Way walking route runs past the lake too so you could pick this up to extend your walk. Heading west takes you towards Buttcombe where you can visit the lovely Blagdon Lake with more nice nature trails to try. You can also pick up the Three Peaks Walk on the eastern side of the water at Hollow Brook. This lovely long distance trail will take you further into the Chew Valley where you could visit High Littleton and Greyfield Woods.
National Cycle route 3 runs along Herons Green Bay on the the western side of the lake. You can use the signed route and minor roads on the eastern side to create a circular route around the lake.
PostcodeBS40 8TF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Chew Valley Lake Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Chew Valley Lake Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Chew Valley Lake OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Chew Valley Lake Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
For a bite to eat after your exercise head to the Salt & Malt restaurant at the northern end of the lake. (postcode BS40 8XS). It was awarded Best Fish & Chips at the Bristol Good Food Awards 2018 and also provides fine views over the water. Also highly recommended is the Pony and Trap (Postcode:BS40 8TQ). The 200 year old gastro-pub is prized for its bar food as well as its Michelin-starred dining room. It's located just to the east of the lake on Moorledge Road in a lovely country setting. There's outdoor seating with fine views over the Chew Valley.
The lake is a great place for dog walking although they do have to be kept on the lead here as it is not good for them to go into the water. Blue-green algae forms on the lake and is toxic to dogs but providing they are kept on a lead it's a lovely place for a dog walk.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just a couple of miles to the south there's the less well known Litton Reservoir. There's more lovely waterside footpaths here, running alongside two pretty lakes. There's also an excellent award winning pub in the little village of Litton, just south of the lakes.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Mendip Hills Walks page.