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  • Otterhead Lakes

    These two lakes are situated on the Blackdown Hills, south of Taunton and one mile north of the village of Churchingford.

    They were once part of a large, landscaped estate which originated in the early 1840s and while the surroundings have now run wild, they provide a wonderful setting for fishing or walking.

    Otterhead Lakes are surrounded by a nature reserve managed by the Otterhead Estate Trust Company Limited on our behalf.


    Otterhead fishery is leased to Taunton Fly Fishing Club whose secretary, Phil Naylor, can be contacted on 07740 701608 or at for further information (no day tickets).


    Otterhead Lakes are perfect for a gentle walk - starting near the lodge a trail leads from the car park through the reserve with its variety of woodland, river and open water habitats.

    The trail is marshy, narrow and steep in places and walkers need to exercise some care. Limited car parking is available at the entrance to Otterhead and the picnic area by the upper lake offers quiet views of the water. 


    Opening times: Open all year

    Location: Otterhead Lakes Nature Reserve, Anders Lane, Otterford, Taunton, Somerset TA3 7EE

    Nearest postcode: TA3 7EE

    OS grid reference: ST224140 (public car park)

    By public transport: No

    By cycle: Not accessible via National Cycle Route

    By foot: Local public rights of way link the site to adjacent villages (Churchinford and Otterford)

    Mobile phone/data signal: Limited but network dependent

    Activities: birdwatching, nature reserve, walking, fishing (see above)

    Facilities: car park (limited parking available), information panels, short natural trail (see walking above), viewing/picnic area located on the upper lake.

    Find out more from the Otterhead Estate Trust

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