Sutton Bingham Reservoir

Sutton Bingham Reservoir

Whether you enjoy fishing, sailing or wildlife walks, Sutton Bingham is a beautiful destination for a day out.

Set in the rolling hills of the Somerset and Dorset Border and just four miles south of Yeovil, this scenic reservoir offers a range of facilities for all the family including a children's play area, picnic area and wildlife walk.

Fishing near the docks of Sutton Bingham
Fishing at Sutton Bingham reservoir

Useful information

Location: Sutton Bingham is located south of East Coker, near Yeovil, Somerset

Postcode: BA22 9QP 

OS grid reference: ST548112 

Public transport: None available 

Cycling: The National Cycle Route 26 passes immediately adjacent to the site. Please note that cycling is not permitted on the site itself. 

Walking: Local footpaths link to the West Mendip Way to the north of the site. 

Mobile phone/data signal: Network dependent 

Facilities available: children's play area including equipment with inclusive design, public toilets with facilities for disabled visitors, picnic area with benches, fishing lodge with access for disabled visitors, club toilets with facilities for disabled visitors, boats for hire including wheelchair accessible 'wheelyboat'. 

Dogs: No - except assistance dogs

BBQ's: No

History

Dive into the history of our Sutton Bingham reservoir to find out more about the site’s past and the events which led to it becoming the reservoir that supplies towns and villages throughout south Somerset with water.

The reservoir was constructed in 1955 and when full covers 142 acres, holding more than 2,600 million litres of water. 

There has been a settlement at the site of the reservoir since the medieval period and the Manor House and Norman church remain. The church, which is dedicated to All Saints, was formerly a chapel to Malmesbury Abbey and contains medieval wall paintings of the death, burial and coronation of the Virgin. 

Beneath the surface of the reservoir, east of the Manor House, lie the remains of Sutton Mill, which is shown on maps dating back to 1699, while pottery from the 11th and 12th centuries has been found in the west pond of the reservoir. 

 

Facilities

  • Fishing lodge

  • Public car park

  • Public toilet

  • Facilities for disabled visitors

  • Nature trail

  • Picnic area

Sutton Bingham reservoir

Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 9QL
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Site improvements

Sutton Bingham site improvements

The Sutton Bingham improvement project will make visiting the reservoir easier for those with less mobility and improve the quality of the facilities provided, in particular, the picnic area.
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