Bewl Water, Kent, UK – Photos

Well, after physically kicking myself after sleeping in yesterday on a gorgeous frosty, clear day and having my friend Jon show me photos from Mote Park in Maidstone of everything covered in a fine frost and trees disappearing into the mist like ghosts, I decided to shoot down to Bewl Water on the Kent/East Sussex border and shoot the sunset on a still, clear, cold day.

From Wikipedia:-


Bewl Water is a reservoir in the valley of the River Bewl (which is a tributary of the River Teise), straddling the boundary between Kent and East Sussex. It is about 4 km south of Lamberhurst, Kent, England. The reservoir was part of a project to increase supplies of water in the area. It supplies not only Southern Water’s customers in the Medway towns, Thanet and Hastings, but is also used by other water companies in the area.

Work began to construct the reservoir in 1973 by damming and then flooding a valley. It was completed in 1975 having been filled with over 31,300 million litres of water. It is now the largest body of inland water in south east England.

In winter, when the flow in the River Medway exceed 275 million litres per day, river water is pumped to storage in the reservoir. There is an outline plan to raise the water level by a further 3m to increase the yield by up to 30% to help with the growing water demand in south-east England. This will however put further demands on the River Medway to supply the additional water required with the potential for environmental degradation in the river and the eco-systems that it supports.

The reservoir in common with most large clean water lakes, is host to a large variety of wildlife. Many recreational activities such as sailing, rowing, trout fishing and walking take place on and around the reservoir which makes it one of the region’s most popular attractions. There is also a passenger boat, a restaurant, conference facility and gift shop.

Bewl Water is home to Bewl Bridge Rowing Club, one of the largest rowing and sculling clubs in south east England. The club has strong links to the local community and has members covering a wide range of age and ability. It is Sport England ClubMark accredited and open to all.


I arrived at 3pm just under an hour before sunset. The reservoir was still (apart from the odd bird or swimming dog) and I spent a very cold hour and a half taking photos of the sunset reflected in the water. The reflections were fantastic and well worth the trip down there.

Below is one of the photos that show the amazing colours in the sky… more to come…


Sunset on Bewl Water, Kent, UK

~ Sunset on Bewl Water, Kent, UK ~


Nikon D40 : 18mm
f/11 : 1/40 sec : ISO 200



From Mike Franklin Photography


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~ by Mike on December 8, 2008.

2 Responses to “Bewl Water, Kent, UK – Photos”

  1. […] Water Round Reservoir Walk – Photos After visiting Bewl Water for the first time last Sunday in my 40 years of living 15 miles away I decided to go back 3 days […]

  2. Very beautiful:).. I love the information too, maybe you could offer your services to the Tourist Informatin or something like that:)

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