Chew Valley Lake

Chew Valley is a glorious lake that stretches on for miles. One important thing to note is that this walk requires dogs to be kept on a lead only and they are not allowed in the water.

However, if your dog is more than happy to be on the lead, this walk is great and the views alone are worth travelling for. There are two well-marked trails, but only the 1.2km The Grebe Trail allows dogs. It’s well marked and loops in a circle around the nature reserve.

In May 2022, the West of England Combined Authority opened a new 840m off-road pedestrian and cycle shared use path running between Woodford Lodge and Walley Court Road. This is a lovely new part of the lake opened up to the public for the first time, where you can stop by Woodford Lodge and sit outside in the calm surroundings overlooking the water, with an ice cream or bite to eat (highly recommended).

Stationed near the main car park and at the start of the walk is the excellent fish and chips restaurant – Salt & Malt. The restaurant has become a must-stop destination for anyone who craves a traditional British dish, cooked perfectly.

Walking around the lake isn’t easy as there are parts of the walk on roads, however, this map is a great guide if you wanted to explore the area a bit more.


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Additional walk information


Walley Lane
Chew Stoke
Chew Magna
BS40 8XS


Paid car park on site

Paws for thought

Dogs not allowed in the water and need to be on a lead

Pawfect partner

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