Cheddar Reservoir

Carp Pike Tench
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Cheddar Reservoir
Bath Street

BS27 3LT
Fish Species
Carp Tench Pike Perch Roach
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Cheddar Reservoir, constructed in the 1930s, serves the purpose of harnessing the water from the springs in Cheddar Gorge. The reservoir was initially utilized as a water source in 1922, and its construction allowed for more efficient utilization of this valuable resource. With a capacity of 6 million cubic meters (1,350 million gallons), the reservoir plays a vital role in supplying water to the surrounding area. Some of the water is pumped to Bristol for treatment at the Barrow Treatment works, while the remainder is treated at the Cheddar works to serve the local community.

In addition to its primary function as a water supply, Cheddar Reservoir has also become a hub for recreational activities. It holds the distinction of being the first supply reservoir in Britain used for sailing, a tradition that began in 1947. Over the years, other recreational activities such as coarse fishing and wind-surfing have also been developed, adding to the diversity of experiences available at the reservoir.

While the path/road surrounding Cheddar Reservoir is not officially designated as a Public Footpath, Bristol Water does permit access for individuals to walk along the perimeter. Visitors are kindly asked to keep their dogs on a lead and to clean up after them. It’s important to respect the site and its surroundings by ensuring that all rubbish and dog waste is properly disposed of. The eastern half of the reservoir, leading to the sailing club, features hard standing, while the other half is gravel based, providing different terrains for exploration and enjoyment.