Litton Reservoirs

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Litton Reservoirs
photo of water and trees
Lower Reservoir
Location in Somerset
Location in Somerset
Litton Reservoirs
Coordinates51°17′43″N 2°35′22″W / 51.29534°N 2.58941°W / 51.29534; -2.58941Coordinates: 51°17′43″N 2°35′22″W / 51.29534°N 2.58941°W / 51.29534; -2.58941
Primary inflowsRiver Chew
Primary outflowsRiver Chew
Basin countriesUnited Kingdom
Builtc. 1850
Surface area8 acres (3.2 ha) (Lower)
16 acres (6.5 ha) (Upper)

Litton Reservoirs (also known as Coley Reservoirs) (grid reference ST590553) are two reservoirs near the village of Litton, Somerset, England. They are operated by Bristol Water.

They lie on the boundary between Bath and North East Somerset and Mendip districts.

The individual lakes are called Lower Litton and Upper Litton. The former is 8 acres (32,000 m2) in size, the latter 16 acres (65,000 m2) and much deeper. They were built around 1850 by the Bristol Waterworks Company in conjunction with the "Line of Works" to bring water from the Mendip Hills to Bristol.[1]

A public footpath goes around the lakes and across the dam. The banks are home to a variety of flowers including; Primroses (Primula vulgaris), Common Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta, sometimes Endymion non-scriptus or Scilla non-scripta), Wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa), Violets and Campion.[2]

Several species of birds are frequent visitors including; Moorhen (Gallinula), Coot (Fulica), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Swan and Tufted duck (Aythya fuligula).[2]

Fishing (under permit) is generally for rainbow (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and brown trout (Salmo trutta). Fish breeding takes place in the netted area immediately below the upper dam is the site for fish breeding.



  1. ^ "Floods and Spillways of the Mendip Supply Reservoirs of the Bristol waterworks Company" (PDF). 1984 Conference. British National Committee on large dams. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b Vile, N. (1994). Pub Walks near Bristol and Bath. Countryside Books. ISBN 1-85306-274-X.

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