Backwell Lake

Backwell Lake was constructed as a balancing pond by Wessex Water in the 1970s and has become an important local nature reserve. The lake is visited by many water birds including tufted swans and grey herons and home to dragonflies and pipistrelle and daubenton bats.

As public access was poor, especially during winter, Novell Tullett was commissioned to design a footpath to circumnavigate the lake which would increase its leisure potential, particularly for the local disabled access group who were important consultees.

We designed a meandering resin-bound circular path with small bridges over ditches, passing places and a viewing platform to bring walkers and cyclists closer to the water.

As the lake adjoins a main river, we had considerable collaboration with the Land Drainage Board as well as local ecologists to ensure the path was fit for purpose, ecologically sensitive and did not obstruct necessary maintenance work.

The project received Heritage Lottery Funding which meant that we liaised closely with them on monitoring the capital spend, as well as runing the tender and overseeing construction on site.

The lake is now seen as one of Backwell village’s great assets and has become a popular trail for families, birdwatchers and dog walkers.