The Land Yeo flows through North Somerset.
There are two main rivers, in Clevedon: –
Most people are used to seeing the Land Yeo in the centre of the town, it’s the narrow river that runs past the Conservative Club then through the culvert under Queens Square and emerges at the back of the Cinema. However it is also to be seen as you enter Clevedon going under Northern Way then behind the NSC offices. It is also visible at Strode Road, Southern Way and then again at Marshalls field.
The Blind Yeo is much wider and is on the outskirts of Clevedon to the south of the town. Most people see it when they drive across it using the main road from Clevedon to Kenn.
Can you use the rivers for Canoeing/Kayaking.
In our opinion the Blind Yeo would be the most suitable for Canoeing/Kayaking as it is much wider, therefore disturbance to wildlife would be less likely and also the river banks on both sides are mostly owned by the Environment Agency.
The Land Yeo is narrow, there are seven culverts and many low bridges, also most of the riverbanks are privately owned. Most importantly it has become a wildlife haven with nesting swans, ducks and moorhens throughout the summer. We know from experience because the river is very narrow in places, great distress can be caused to the wild fowl etc by the passing of a boat.
We would hope anyone taking to the water, Blind Yeo included, would give the wild life careful consideration, keeping clear as much as possible and creating the minimum of disturbance.
Where does the river start
It rises on Dundry Hill near Barrow Gurney Reservoirs, then flows through various villages to Clevedon where it exits into the Bristol Channel.
It has provided power by way of at least ten watermills for more than a thousand years, sadly only one is still functional.
It is possible to walk from Watercress Farm to Clevedon (with one exception), or parts of the walk can be undertaken
Starting at Watercress Farm walk towards Wraxhall House (B3130) onto the Trout Farm (B3130) – the next bit of the river is on private land – turn left at the entrance to the Farm heading towards Nailsea. Before you get to the fire station turn right down Pound Land to the Moor End Spout (on your left) follow the footpath to Tickenham Church, then Tickenham Mill, continue to follow the river to Moor Lane. Turn left to reach the next river which is the Middle Yeo. The photographs below provide a guide to this walk. Members of the group are available to act as informal guides and provide information about the river – please make contact for details.
These two pictures show the river at Nailsea, looking towards Wraxall House
Farm land near Nailsea
Watercress Farm near Wraxall
Nailsea looking towards Wraxall
Bridge near Watercress Farm
Looking away from Clevedon towards Nailsea
To complete the view of the river where it enters Clevedon
You can get to this starting point by using the footpath next to the Motorway Bridge on the Clevedon to Nailsea Road
To get to the Land Yeo from here. Cross the fence at the footpath sign then keep the motorway close to you on your right – at the fence / gate at the bottom of the field turn left towards the footpath / wooden bridge
Excess water is diverted along the Yearling Ditch to the Blind Yeo, water levels are maintained by changing the height of the tilting weir at Cooks Clyse. We hope to include this section as part of a walk – details to be advised
Just to the right of this weir is another one that controls the Middle Yeo
Following the Land Yeo towards Clevedon the river enters a culvert under the M5 motorway.
The river is then visible for a short time as it flows between the Motorway and Court Lane
This area is not that easy to access / find and in the past used as somewhere to live.
We spent time, in conjunction with the Highways Authority clearing it.
The river now heads towards the area that most people first see the river as it enters Clevedon
Click on the link below – the blue line shows the Land Yeo river flowing through the town.
It is not always visible in the main part of the town as it flows through various culverts – the largest being under Queen’s Square. The entrance is next to the Conservative Club and the exit at the rear of the Curzon Community Cinema.