Please be advised that Blue/Green algae blooms may develop in sheltered areas across the lake.
Dog owners must keep dogs out of the water at all times.
The Algae is toxic and can be fatal to dogs.
Keeping dogs safe
Howard Mackenzie, Estate Manager at Bewl reservoir in Lamberhurst, has the following useful guidance to keep dogs safe during the summer months:
At this time of year it’s great to see so many families and dog owners enjoying themselves but it’s important they remember some key safety tips.
Owners should also avoid walking their dog during the hottest parts of the day and if you are near the open water please don’t allow your pet to swim in it or drink from the water’s edge. This is because during spells of very hot weather toxic algae blooms may develop in sheltered areas which can be fatal to dogs if they swim in it. As a result we ensure prominent signage is in place around Bewl Water, warning dog owners of this potential danger.
Don’t leave your pet inside a parked vehicle for any length of time, even with a small amount of ventilation dogs can very quickly become dehydrated and unwell. It’s also essential to ensure it stays well hydrated that’s why at Bewl we provide a number of free fresh water drinking bowls for your dog to use.
For more dog safety advice and tips visit www.rspca.org.uk and www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/blue-green-algae-and-its-dangers-dogs
Take the healthy path to fun and relaxation at Bewl Water
There are plenty of ways to explore Bewl Water and the surrounding countryside, but none as serene as a walk. From gentle strolls with the grandchildren to adventurous family walks or longer rambles with the dog, Bewl Water offers instant access to beautiful, healthy walks for everyone to enjoy.
Our 12 ½ mile scenic route is open to walkers all year round and follows a collection of forest paths, country lanes and all weather surfaces. There is a section suitable for wheelchairs with wide tyres between Seven Pound Creek Jetty and Hatherells Jetty. Maps showing the walking and cycling routes are available for £1 each.
If you're bringing your dog to Bewl Water, please make sure you have read our dog walking guidelines.
The well-maintained paths around the lake are suitable for most abilities, but if you simply can’t go any further you can hop aboard a Water Taxi and do the rest of the journey in style!
Our water taxi service is available for trips to and from the jetties from 10am until 4pm. The cost for this service is £4 per passenger. Water Taxi requests made after 4pm will incur a £10 call out charge.
Walking the whole route will take approximately six hours and it is recommended that participants are fit and healthy and carry food, water and a mobile phone.
For those looking to organise a sponsored walk around the reservoir, please read our Sponsored Walk FAQs.
*Please note* Drone flying is not permitted at Bewl Water. Any drone flyers who possess a commercial drone flying license are welcome to contact the Bewl Office on 01892 890000 or firstname.lastname@example.org for booking arrangements.