This circular walk takes you around Durleigh Reservoir in Bridgwater, Somerset.
The walk starts in the small village of Durleigh, located on the western fringes of the town of Bridgwater. From here you can pick up a mixture of country lanes and public footpaths to take you around the water. It's about a 2 mile walk on flat paths, so suitable for most abilities. On the way look out for a variety of water loving birds including ducks, great crested grebes, swans and geese.
There is a sailing club located at the site so you may see sailboats on the water in decent weather. It's also a popular spot for anglers looking to catch carp, roach, bream, perch, tench and pike.
The Durleigh Brook feeds into the reservoir so you can continue your walk by heading east along the footpath that runs along the brook. A short distance south of the reservoir you can pick up the Samaritans Way South West. This waymarked trail will take you into the countryside around Goathurst if you follow it west. Head east and it will take you into Bridgwater where you could pick up the towpath of the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal.
PostcodeTA5 2AW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Durleigh Reservoir Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Durleigh Reservoir Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Durleigh Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Durleigh Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
In the village you'll pass the noteworthy West Bower Manor. Parts of the historic building date from the 15th century though the core of the fabric may even be earlier, further parts were built in the 17th and 19th centuries. It was the seat of the historical estate of "West Bower" once held by Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, the brother of Jane Seymour, Henry the VIII`s Queen. There's also the Church of St Hugh which dates from the 11th century and was substantially rebuilt in the late 19th century. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.