Blagdon Lake

So where does Yeo Valley get its name? From the river Yeo, which flows through the middle of the valley. The river was dammed to create Blagdon Lake in 1891 and first started pumping water to Bristol in 1904.

The lake was stocked with brown trout and quickly became the home of English stillwater trout fishing. In 1918 the fishing writer HT Sheringham described Blagdon as ‘a delightful place’ that ‘has inspired so many angling rhapsodies’.

It’s still a hot ticket for fishing, and every season hundreds of anglers row out in the hope of bagging a big trout. Maybe you could too – find out how to book a day ticket from Bristol Water.

Other interesting sites

  • Yeo Valley Canteen

    Our Yeo Valley Canteen started off as our staff restaurant, but everyone loved it so much, and it’s such a beautiful spot, we thought it only right to open it to the public. We take good food very seriously here in the valley, and everything we serve is made with produce that’s local, sustainable, seasonal […]  Read more >

  • YeoFit

    YeoFit is Yeo Valley HQ’s gym and studio, managed by local fitness instructor Lynne Joyner. Come along to one of YeoFit’s many classes – de-stress with Boxercise, beat the winter blues with Spinning, ease your joints and improve your core with pilates or if you have health issues you could benefit from joining our exercise referral […]  Read more >

  • Holt Farm

    This is where it all began. Find out more about how Roger and Mary Mead got started at Holt Farm back in 60s.  Read more >

  • Blagdon Dairy

    This is where we make lots of tasty Yeogurt, and it’s home to our veg plot where we grow fresh organic produce to feed our staff and visitors...  Read more >

  • Elephant Grass Fields

    In the winter we fire up the boiler at our HQ using our own, homegrown elephant grass – a sustainable biofuel we’ve been experimenting with.  Read more >

  • Yoxter Farm

    Right up on the Mendip plateau, Yoxter Farm is where some of our British Friesians live, alongside all manner of wildlife.  Read more >