Path improvement works under way at Three Brooks Lake

Photo of an excavator at work.
Footpath improvement works near the Three Brooks Lake, Bradley Stoke, in March 2022. Photo credit: South Gloucestershire Council.

The path around the north side of the lake in Bradley Stoke’s Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve has been closed for seven weeks, starting Monday 7th March, for surfacing works.

The footpath improvement is part of a £250,000 lake desilting and improvement scheme, the main body of which was carried out in November and December last year. It involves laying down a more accessible 3m-wide route around the lake. The new stone-surfaced route will have a total length of 290m. It will link up the two stone bridges and provide access to two viewing platforms on the side of the lake.

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Contractors have set up a compound on land adjacent to the picnic table by the lake. Safety fencing has been erected around the lake and at key access points to protect the public whilst the works take place.

The contractors are operating between 7.15am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

The path leading around the lake and its viewing platforms have been closed off for the seven-week period. To help people find an alternative route around the lake, a diversion route has been signposted (see map below). This runs along part of Juniper Way.

Three Brooks Lake Path Construction Scheme, 7th March – 22nd April 2022.

The main track between the access point at Braydon Gate (on Brook Way) and the lake is being used by large vehicles throughout this period. Residents using this route are advised to be mindful of these slow moving vehicles.

The path leading north from the lake to the Community Orchard and Savages Wood will remain accessible throughout the works, along with the Tump.


A progress report issued on Friday 11th March said the work was “progressing well”. It was emphasised that access to the viewing platforms is restricted, including at weekends.

On completion of the current work, the surface of the track between Braydon Gate and the lake will be upgraded.

Photo showing part of the path that will be resurfaced.
Flooded path around the Three Brooks Lake during Storm Dennis on 16th February 2020.

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2022 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 29). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Path reopened

UPDATE added 15th April 2022.

Photo of a path along the edge of a lake.
Path on the north side of Three Brooks Lake, Bradley Stoke, pictured on the day it reopened following over five weeks of improvement works (Thursday 14th April 2022).

The improved path was reopened to the public on Thursday 14th April 2022.

View a video of the route on the Bradley Stoke Journal’s Facebook page.

A spokesperson for South Gloucestershire Council said:

“The new 3-metre-wide path around the north side of the lake, connecting Juniper way to the picnic area, will be open later today [Thursday] for the Easter weekend. This will give families with prams and wheelchair users the chance to enjoy seeing this part of the well-loved open space. Work will then resume to complete the project on Tuesday 19th April 1but the path around the lake will remain open.”

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  1. The improved path was reopened to the public on the afternoon of Thursday 14th April 2022. See update appended to post.

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