GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Blagdon Lake Walk

1 miles (1.5 km)

Along the northern end of this large lake you'll find a lovely footpath running along the lake shore and through the lakeside woodland. On open days you can also visit the Discovery Wood where you can see roe deer, badgers, foxes and otters. There are nesting boxes for owls, tits and kestrels too. On the nature trail there are wildflower meadows with Green winged orchid, knapweeds, white ox-eye daisies and pink devils bit.
There's also the Blagdon Pumping Station and Visitor Centre withscience and environment exhibits, a picnic area and views of the impressive dam.
You could also start your walk from the village of Blagdon and pick up a footpath heading east from the village to the lake. This trail will take you past Holt Farm to the southern edge of the lake. You can enjoy a long circular walk around the lake using country lanes and other public footpaths.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Chew Valley Lake where there is a lovely circular nature trail to try. You could follow the waymarked Two Rivers Way east to visit the lake and the attractive village of Chew Magna.
The climb to Beacon Batch on Black Down hill starts from the car park at nearby Burrington Combe. The hill is the highest point in the Mendips and provides great views over the lake from its elevated position.


BS40 7UW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Blagdon Lake OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Blagdon Lake Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head to Blagdon village where you will find a number of nice pubs for refreshments after your walk. The New Inn (Postcode BS40 7SB) is a classic rural inn overlooking a fishing lake, serving real ales and pub grub with leafy beer garden. The Queen Anne and Seymour Arms are also great options.

Dog Walking

The lake is a great place for dog walking although they do have to be kept on the lead here. They can't go in the water, as the lake is Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and in the summer blue-green algae forms in the water. The New Inn pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The lake, which was originally called theYeo reservoir, covers 440 acres (180ha). It was formed by the construction of adamand provided water to thepumping stationwhich originally contained fourbeam pumping engines, which have now been replaced by electric pumps. Two of the steam engines have been preserved, with one in working order as part of the visitor centre which also includes educational facilities for children. The pumping station is now a Grade II*listed building.
A few miles to the south east there's the smaller 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.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Blagdon Lake - - 162078

Blagdon Lake 1. The lake was created byBristol Water when it dammed theRiver Yeo. It was constructed from 1898 to 1905. It was originally called theYeo reservoir.

Blagdon Lake (geograph 2623620)

Blagdon Lake 2

Blagdon Lake spillway (geograph 2433727)

Blagdon Lake spillway

Pump House, Blagdon Lake. - panoramio

Pump House, Blagdon Lake.

Blagdon Lake - - 520882

View from the New Inn car park in summer.

Blagdon Pumping Station. - panoramio

Blagdon Pumping Station. This area includes a Visitor Centrewith science and environment exhibits and hands-on displays. There is also a picnic area and a nature walking trail.

The tower of Blagdon Church, with the lake in background (geograph 2211583)

The tower of Blagdon Church, with the lake in background

Forecourt of the Live And Let Die pub next to the A368 in Blagdon - - 2623614

Forecourt of the Live And Let Die pub next to the A368 in Blagdon village.


GPS Files

GPX File

Blagdon Lake.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Blagdon Lake.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)