GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Sutton Bingham Reservoir

1 miles (1 km)

This pretty reservoir near Yeovil has a short walking trail through a hay meadow on the western bank of the water. There's lots of pretty wildflowers and great views across the lovely blue waters of the lake from the viewpoint. The meadow includes flora such as the purple Meadow Saffron and yellow Bird's foot trefoil. These attract a wide variety of butterflies such as Small Skipper and Marble White. On the lake you can look out for a number of water loving birds such as Pochard, Coot and Tufted Duck.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then the Monarch's Way runs through East Coker just to the north of the reservoir. This popular waymarked trail leads you north to Yeovil Country Park where you will find 127 acres of rivers, lakes, waterfalls, open grassland and woodland.

Postcode

BA22 9QP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Sutton Bingham Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Sutton Bingham Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head short distance north east from the reservoir into East Coker and you can visit the Heylar Arms for some post walk refreshments. It is a pub of some note, being a Grade II listed building and dating from the 15th Century. The pub still retains a wealth of character and charm, set in the picturesque village of East Coker with its mellow stone and thatch cottages, almshouses, Historic Coker Court and St Michael’s church. You can visit the resting place of T.S. Eliot and discover the birthplace of the explorer William Dampier in the area. There's an excellent menu, real log fires, a large sunny garden to sit in during the summer months and a car park that can accommodate over 30 cars. The inn also provides accommodation if you need to stay over. You can find the pub in the village on Moor Street with a postcode of BA22 9JR for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

You could also pay a visit to Coker Court in the nearby village of East Coker. The historic building includes a noble hall complete with minstrel gallery and magnificent Jacobean fireplace. Within the churchyard lie the remains of the poet T.S. Eliot who once wrote a poem about East Coker.There's also the interesting church of St Michael, which was believed to have been built by Hugh de Courteney in 1276. The church is in an interesting location, situated on a hill overlooking the village.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Sutton Bingham Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 526091

View eastwards across the narrow upper end of the body of water. Alders abound.

Sailing on Sutton Bingham Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 406212

Sailing boats out on the waters of Sutton Bingham Reservoir. The reservoir is home to the Sutton Bingham Sailing Club and the waters can be busy in the summer months with sailors. This photo demonstrates how an essential feature such as a reservoir can also have secondary or additional uses such as in this case where it is also used for leisure.

Warriors Rest Sutton Bingham - geograph.org.uk - 893956

Warriors Rest. A tranquil setting on the shores of the reservoir where a tree is planted - Life for a Life - in memory of a loved one.

Sailing club and school Sutton Bingham reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 942140

Sailing club and school. Today there were carloads of children taking dinghy sailing lessons on the reservoir. The colourful sails certainly brighten up another cloudy day!

The blue waters of Sutton Bingham - geograph.org.uk - 1264710

The blue waters of Sutton Bingham. Who wants the Mediterranean when we have this lovely reservoir on a gloriously sunny spring day! The gridline runs across the photograph at approximately the point where the yellow buoy can be seen.

Picnic area and carpark Sutton Bingham - geograph.org.uk - 1264412

Picnic area and car park view

Swan Sutton Bingham - geograph.org.uk - 942121

Where the road runs along the reservoir there are concrete slopes running down to the water behind the wire mesh fence and numerous water fowl and the occasional swan waddle up to sunbathe or to be fed by the visitors.

Oak tree - Sutton Bingham - geograph.org.uk - 1264433

Oak tree. This old tree growing on the west side of the reservoir is just coming into leaf.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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