Best of Bewl photo competition is just picture perfect for the autumn

Picture by Kate Davis

Molly Miller from Bewl Water talks about the return of the annual photo competition at the reservoir…


The arrival of autumn means it’s the return of Bewl Water’s photography competition, Best of Bewl where amateur and professional photographers are being encouraged to get outdoors and capture everything from woodland to water at the 800-acre site.

Entries are being submitted on social media (@Bewlwater) where the winner will be announced at the end of the season and receive an annual parking pass worth over £300.

The competition follows the reservoir’s commitment to inspiring more people to get out in their natural surroundings and enjoy the great outdoors. New self-guided walking trails have been introduced along with 50 per cent off cycle hire from November to February 2023.

Part of the commitment includes rebuilding sections of the public footpath and bridleway to improve the overall conditions and safety for walkers, cyclists, and horse riders.

Bewl Water spends more than £1.3million each year on projects that help run and maintain the grounds and works will start over the coming months.

The plans include replacing two wooden bridges in Pine Bay, a section of path which suffers from very wet and muddy conditions during the winter.

While the ranger team will begin working on the project on November 21, access will be maintained in certain areas between Rosemary Lane and Tinkers Wood to allow visitors to still enjoy a leisurely stroll.

Weather permitting, the footpath and bridleway are set to re-open for use on December 3, where visitors can expect to enjoy views like Mark Wicks’ Best of Bewl photography submission that overlooks the waters from the footpath.

Daniel Baker, Head Ranger said: “This investment marks a major step forward in maintaining, upgrading and sustaining the Bewl Water round reservoir route.”

East Sussex Highways will be erecting closure signs for the duration of the works, with diversions in place for pedestrians and cyclists.

Bewl Water is run by Elite Leisure Collection, which also owns One Media, publisher of the Times.

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