Chew Nature Trail

Wildlife has taken over the many habitats available around the lake’s margins and the trail has been opened to give visitors an opportunity to see and enjoy the many wild flowers, insects, animals and the beautiful views. The trail is in two parts, the first signposted by Grebe signs, the second is signposted by Bittern signs.

Grebe Trail

The Grebe Trail is a hard surfaced, all weather path suitable for pedestrians, pushchairs and wheelchairs and covers a circuit 1.2km long, starting and finishing at the wooded Picnic Area. You are welcome to bring dogs, but between 1st April and 30th June they MUST be kept on a lead to avoid disturbance to nesting birds.

Bittern Trail

The Bittern Trail is reached from the Grebe Trail by the footbridge over Hollow Brook. It is not a surfaced path and can be wet and muddy, so boots are advisable. This trail runs along the east shore, visits an open Bird Hide and returns to the footbridge, making a 1.5km circuit.

Remember to keep quiet and your eyes and ears open. The less disturbance, the more wildlife you will see. We aim to create an undisturbed wildlife reserve area beyond this part, to minimise disturbance to wildlife please:

  • Keep to the trail
  • Do not attempt to join the trail from any other direction
  • Avoid walking down to the shore, this will scare the birds
  • No dogs

Note also that the Hollow Brook car park is for anglers only.