As well as being home to the safari park, nearby Longleat Estate is home to five lakes of varying sizes. Shearwater Lake, the largest of the lakes, was created at the end of the 18th century, built to a design by the 3rd Duke of Bridgwater Francis Egerton, and fed by streams dammed by the then Marquis of Bath.
Extending to some 37 acres, Shearwater Lake offers some of the finest fishing available in Britain, both in terms of holding a great stock of quality fish and being one of the most scenic fishing spots in the country. The lake is also home to Shearwater Sailing Club.
Visitors can enjoy walking on the footpath around the lake and possibly then extending their walk on one of the surrounding woodland trails. At weekends, the Shearwater Lake Cafe is open, providing a great vantage point from which to watch the world, and the sailing club boats, go by.
For fishing and sailing enthusiasts, Shearwater Lake is just a 10-minute drive from us.