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Cheddar Reservoir

Dating from the 1930s, Cheddar Reservoir has a capacity of 135 million gallons. The reservoir is supplied with water taken from the Cheddar Yeo river in Cheddar Gorge. Find out more below.

We've made the difficult decision to close Cheddar Reservoir during spells of sunny weather. We know that many enjoy the lake safely but we cannot ignore the minority that are choosing to swim, gather in large groups and litter - and even more importantly - we don't want anyone to lose their life. It's never safe to swim in reservoirs.

Cheddar currently remains open, but once the temperature increases (over 23 degrees) Cheddar will be shut to visitors.

We will publish any shuts at least 24 hours in advance on our website and social media.

Signage will be at the lake, car parks will be locked and we'll be manning it during closures.

Watersports at Cheddar

Paddle boarding was introduced at Cheddar Reservoir in 2017 as a result of the partnership with local ecologists, Natural England and Cheddar Watersports Club in 2016.

Paddle boarding is available to members and guests of the local community group that provides watersports at Cheddar Reservoir. The club is an evolution of Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club, and we are very much hoping that the trial will be a success!

While still being a protected conservation site for wildlife, the specifics of Cheddar’s designated conservation status make it a much more suitable site for managed paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing than Chew Valley and Blagdon Lakes.

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Looking to get involved with more local activities? Take a look at our interactive map of Chew Valley Lake. If you need to know more Happy Steve is always available on Twitter to help.

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