WESSEX Water has unveiled plans to improve the visitor experience at Clatworthy Reservoir.

The company aims to make it more accessible for everyone and to create better facilities, particularly the viewing area.

It drew up plans following consultations with local communities and people who use the reservoir, which sits above the nearby town of Wiveliscombe, in the Brendon Hills.

Work will include creating a welcoming arrival for visitors by improving the entrance, enhancing the car park with segregation of pedestrians and vehicles, better access for those with mobility issues and updating toilet facilities.

A tap water refill point will also be installed, along with new tables and benches for people of all mobilities.

Shelters will be used by education groups taking part in outdoor activities, with a small selection of play equipment for children.

Kirsty Scarlett, Wessex Water’s head of community engagement, said: “Set in beautiful surroundings and within areas of ecological and geological importance, it is vital that the reservoir is conserved while also being enjoyed by local people and visitors.

“Through our community user group, development of Integrated Management Plans and partnership working with local groups, we will continue to ensure the reservoir is an enjoyable and sustainable place to visit.”

Clatworthy, which has a capacity of 5,364,000 cubic metres, supplies water to around 200,000 homes, offers great walks, boasts abundant wildlife and is noted for its fly fishing, all on the edge of Exmoor National Park.