Clatworthy site improvements

Clatworthy site improvements

The Clatworthy improvement project will make visiting the reservoir easier for those with less mobility and improve the quality of the facilities provided, in particular, the viewing area.

The work

Over the past two years we have talked with local communities and users as we review the potential of Clatworthy reservoir.

Our aim is to make the reservoir easier to access for those with less mobility and improve the quality of the facilities provided, in particular, the viewing area.

The work will involve:

  • creating a welcoming arrival for visitors by improving the entrance
  • enhancing the car park including segregating pedestrians and vehicles
  • improving accessibility around the site
  • updating the toilet facilities
  • installing a water refill point
  • providing tables and benches to enable people of all mobilities to picnic or rest
  • providing a small selection of play equipment for younger visitors
  • installing new signage to help visitors discover more about Clatworthy.

Planning permission has now been granted and work starts on 26 July and is expected to last nine weeks. During this time the Picnic Area will be closed to the public including cars and pedestrians. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

It will not be possible to walk the full Clatworthy Round as this passes through the works area. If entering the site via one of the public footpaths (which are not effected), you can still walk the remainder of the site but the section between the dam and Fishing Lodge will be impassable.

By completing the works in the summer, we aim to minimise the impact on the surrounding grassland and ensure the visitor site recovers quickly.

We will open the site again as soon as it is safe to do so, but some features such as the playground may remain unavailable until fully settled and inspected.

Background

Situated on the edge of Exmoor National Park, Clatworthy reservoir lies in the Brendon Hills, west Somerset. 

The reservoir spans an area of up to 130 acres and benefits from a complete circulate walk around the perimeter.

Surrounded by woodland and with access to the public rights of way network in the area, Clatworthy is a popular place for walkers looking for a peaceful location surrounded by beautiful countryside and wildlife.

We now have plans to update and improve the facilities at Clatworthy which will benefit both local communities and visitors.

The vision

Clatworthy is a place celebrated and protected by local communities.

Set in beautiful surroundings and within areas of ecological and geological importance, it is vital that the reservoir is conserved while also accessed by local people and visitors.

We believe Clatworthy is a place where visitors can:

  • visit to escape the pressures of modern life
  • spend quality time outdoors with family and friends
  • connect with nature
  • discover more about conservation, the natural world and water efficiency through events and education
  • improve their health and wellbeing by taking part in activities such as angling and walking, in particular, longer walks by linking to the wider network of footpaths.

Through the community user group, development of Integrated Management Plans and partnership working with local groups, we will continue to ensure the reservoir is an enjoyable and sustainable place to visit.

 

Activities and education

We want to educate current and future generations about the importance of the natural world, water resources and the benefits of leading healthy and active lifestyles.

Our team of education advisers deliver classroom and site-based lessons with up to 25,000 schoolchildren every year.

The improved facilities at Clatworthy will enable our team to expand the education work they can provide at the reservoir in addition to the local education centre. 

With improved facilities organisations we currently partner with such as local wildlife trusts and volunteer conservation groups will be able to host their own events at the reservoir too.

 

Health and wellbeing

Clatworthy is a great location for anyone wishing to improve their health and wellbeing.

Whether it is enjoying the viewing area or taking part in one of the walks around the reservoir, a visit to Clatworthy is an opportunity to connect with nature while improving health too.

Improved facilities at Clatworthy will ensure the following activities are available for visitors of all ages and abilities:

  • angling
  • walking
  • running.

With its complete circular walk around the reservoir as well as a shorter woodland trail, Clatworthy is a great spot for those wanting a gentle stroll or a more energetic walk.

Over the next few months we will be developing a series of walking routes and in future we aim to enable greater access both on and off our site to the local footpath network as well as providing greater options for parking.

Environmental impact

We are committed to protecting and enhancing the environment and will ensure that any future improvements to Sutton Bingham minimise damage to existing habitats.

To do this and to deliver a net gain to biodiversity we have:

  • avoided all healthy trees
  • focused new infrastructure on existing areas of hardstanding to reduce the loss of the grassland which is home to some rare species of fungi.

Get involved

You can get involved with the future of Clatworthy reservoir by providing feedback or signing up to the Community User Group which acts as a forum to discuss the development of the site, or you can also select just to receive updates around the current proposals.