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.

Due to the safety of our visitors, we have temporarily closed the car parks to our lakeside facilities. That means that only those who live in walking distance are able to access them at the moment. We are working with the police and local parish councils to work out a way we can responsibly reopen, but your safety always comes first. With this in mind, we also ask you not to park on public highways as it is dangerous for you and other motorists. We’ll let you know when we have worked out a way to reopen, and what social distancing rules may be in place.

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.

Discover the other lakes...

litton lake

Litton Lake

Litton is a little unknown gem, peaceful and beautiful. You can take a walk around of hire one of very few boats aloud on the lake for fishing.

Fly fishing on Blagdon Lake with Tony

Blagdon Lake

A beautiful place, close by to Chew Valley Lake. Some of the best fishing is available at Blagdon. Visit out fisheries website for more detail.

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For the more seasoned angler. Barrow is a great spot close to Bristol to see what you can catch. Visit the fisheries website for more information.