North Somerset Walks


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Walk information Distance: about 1 mile Difficulty: easy – a level, fully-accessible gravel path runs around Backwell Lake Duration: 30 mins at a very leisurely pace to enjoy the scenery. Lots of public rights of way run around Backwell so it will be easy to make a longer route if you want to, such as walking up Backwell Hill, to the southeast of Backwell, to see the Jubilee Stone. Map: OS Explorer 154

A man-made lake in North Somerset is now a beautiful nature reserve with an abundance of wildlife and habitats.

Take a short stroll around Backwell Lake to enjoy the scenic views. Backwell Lake was constructed in the 1970s as a balancing pond, to store surface water running from housing estates in Nailsea during times of heavy rainfall. Since its construction it has developed into an important wildlife habitat and is now a designated local nature reserve. The site is managed by Wessex Water, which works with local volunteers to conserve and enhance the wildlife. This has included changing how the grass is managed to help wildflowers grow. Backwell Lake supports more than 10 species of birds and the lake is important for wildfowl, especially during winter. On your way round, also look out for coot, moorhen, swift, cormorant, mute swan, tufted duck and grey heron among others.

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