Chew Valley is a beautiful area south-west of Bath, encompassing several small villages including Chew Stoke, Bishop Sutton and Chew Magna, the Valley’s commercial centre. Bordered by scarp slopes, the Valley is a lush, green haven full of Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Chew Valley Lake in particular is internationally renowned for its nature conservation interest. Chew Valley nestles between Bristol, Bath, Wells and Weston-Super-Mare and is within 20 minutes of all these larger conurbations. Bristol Airport lies on the western edge of the valley.
Chew Valley has produced many notable companies including Chew Valley Construction, Nailsea Electrical—now a multi-million pound business— and organisations such as The Community Farm, dedicated to improving people’s understanding of food and bringing the community together. Chew Magna is the business centre of Chew Valley, offering retail and services such as banking.
The Chew Valley Chamber of Commerce are celebrating their 20th anniversary, and has established itself as a vital forum for the local business community. Members benefit from the networking and referral opportunities available, and the Chamber is strongly linked with local and district councils, sitting on many of their working groups and committees. The business membership is diverse and made up of mainly small and medium-sized enterprises.
Connecting Devon and Somerset is implementing a cost-effective plan to bring superfast broadband to Devon and Somerset. The public-private partnership's ambition is to provide broadband speeds of over 24Mbps to all premises in the Devon and Somerset area by 2020. The upgrade should help businesses keep up to speed with competitors in more urban environments, whilst still enjoying the beautiful rural setting of the valley. The improvement in broadband has meant that many more people can work from home or operate from premises created in former agricultural buildings. Connectivity
Keynsham and Bath provide rail connections to Bristol and London, and Chew Valley has multiple bus routes to connect residents to both, as well as Radstock, Wells and Weston-Super-Mare. The Valley is crossed by A37, and the A38 serves the western end of the area, in which Bristol Airport is also situated, giving Chew Valley a good international link.
B&NES Council is also developing a transport strategy to improve Chew Valley’s community transport, roads, walking routes and parking.
Most villages are served by their own Primary schools, and The Chew Valley School provides Secondary education for most of the area. The school has multiple awards and partners, and holds a Specialist Arts College status.
Chew Valley has multiple opportunities for residents to keep fit and have fun, with a fully equipped leisure centre based between Chew Magna and Chew stoke offering everything from gym classes to football on thier full-size artificial turf pitch. Chew Valley Lake also has a sailing club which anyone is free to join.
For more creative types there is the Chew Valley Arts Trail, and Valley Fest is a popular event that showcasing Bristol & Bath’s live music scene as well as fine local food producers, you can expect everything from charcuterie to cider, street food to sit-down feasts – all with plenty of Somerset style and sizzle.
The Valley also has a rich history dating back to ancient times, as shown by the large amount of pre-historic artefacts found in the area. Forts and stone circles are available to visit, and many roman remains excavated in the Valley are on display at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the British Museum, London.