Chew Valley Lake is owned and operated by Bristol Water, which created it in 1956 by damming the River Chew, when the demand became too large for nearby Blagdon Lake. Working with the Avon Wildlife Trust, Somerset Wildlife Trust and other environmental groups, Bristol Water has encouraged various species of birds and plants, and created a venue for visitors.
It has two large landscaped picnic areas. Facilities include a tea shop, with indoor and outdoor seating areas with a view of the lake, and information centre. There is also a souvenir shop small art gallery and two nature trails.
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