is an artificial reservoir in Somerset
, England, operated by Bristol Water
. Dating from the 1930s it has a capacity of 135 million gallons (614,000 cubic metres). The reservoir is supplied with water taken from the Cheddar Yeo
river in Cheddar Gorge
. The inlet grate for the water pipe that is used to transport the water can be seen immediately upstream from the sensory garden in Cheddar Gorge.
It lies to the west of the village of Cheddar
and south east of the town of Axbridge
. It is roughly circular in shape, and surrounded by large earth banks which are grazed by sheep. It has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest
(Ref No:1003948) due to its wintering waterfowl populations.
It was the first British reservoir to permit sailing. Bristol Corinthians sailing club is situated at its northern end. Other recreational activities at the reservoir include windsurfing, angling (for pike
and eels), and birdwatching.
Two car parks give access to the reservoir; one is at the Axbridge end, and on the eastern side, accessible from Cheddar. Two water towers are present, one at the Cheddar end, and one at the Axbridge end.
The reservoir, which has an area of is attractive to waterbirds; in particular wintering wildfowl
Wildfowl present regularly in winter include Mallard
), Tufted Duck