More people will soon be able to enjoy the beauty of Chew Valley Lake with work on a new 2.7km walking and cycling trail now underway.
The £1.5m all-weather path on the northern section of the lake will make the Chew Valley Trail accessible to everyone.
The improvements are being funded by a £507,000 grant from the Rural Payments Agency, £1m from the West of England Combined Authority and contributions from Bath & North East Somerset Council and Bristol Water, who own the reservoir.
Bath & North East Somerset Council’s cabinet assistant for Planning and Sustainable Transport, Councillor Matt McCabe was joined on-site by Chew Valley resident Bill Blyth, who has campaigned for the trail, as well as the Mayor of the West of England Dan Norris, Trustee of the Chew Valley Lake Recreational Trail Chris Head, Bristol Water Chief Finance Officer Laura Flowerdew and Nick Baker from Chew Stoke Parish Council to look at the progress so far.
Chew resident Bill Blyth who spearheaded a campaign to get a walking and cycling trail said:
Councillor Matt McCabe said:
West of England Mayor Dan Norris said:
The work includes:
- The construction of new 840m off-road shared use path between Woodford Lodge and Walley Lane.
- The realignment of the road over the dam to widen the existing footway and provide a segregated cycle/pedestrian path.
- The construction of a shared use path between the dam to the north and Hollowbrook Road including replacement of an existing narrow footbridge (total length 1.5km).
Laura Flowerdew, Chief Finance Officer at Bristol Water said:
Chris Head, Trustee of the Chew Valley Lake Recreational Trail added:
It’s expected walkers and cyclists will be able to enjoy the new path early next year.