Chard Reservoir Nature Reserve, Somerset
Chard Reservoir Nature Reserve covers some 88 acres on the eastern edge of Chard in Somerset and was originally built in Victorian times to provide water for the Chard Canal, which never really got off the ground following the advent of the railways.
The reserve is a huge open water site with woodlands and meadows, so understandably, it's popular with birdwatchers, anglers and walkers. Local families go there for a stroll around the perimeter of the reservoir and to let the children feed the ducks, others venture further on one of the three marked trails, and what's good is that even wheelchair users can enjoy the reserve on the surfaced paths. There's a free car park, though it's not huge by any means. Fishing is only in certain areas by ticket only via Chard Angling Club https://www.chardanglingclub.co.uk/contact-us
All information correct at the time of writing.