Chew Valley, Somerset

Chew Valley
The Chew Valley is situated in the county of Somerset, England. The valley is named after the River Chew which flows through it after rising at Chewton Mendip. The River Chew then joins the River Avon at Keynsham . The landscape of the valley is generally low-lying with rolling hills. The valley is surrounded by higher ground with Dundry Down to the north, the Lulsgate Plateau to the west, the Mendip Hills to the south and the Hinton Blewett, Marksbury and Newton Saint Loe plateau areas marking the eastern edge. In the 1950s the River Chew was dammed, thereby creating Chew Valley Lake to supply drinking water for the city of Bristol and surrounding areas. The lake was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956 and has since become a focus for recreation. The lake is home to a variety of wildlife and has been
dedicated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA). It is a national centre for birdwatching and has achieved international recognition for its importance in nature conservation. The main centre of population in
the valley is Chew Magna. It is not, however, the most populace of the valley’s many villages which include Pensford , Clutton , Bishop Sutton, High Littleton and Temple Cloud .

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