Wednesday Walks – Potter’s Walk near Fernworthy Reservoir

fernworthy reservoir

Image by Mac Hawkins | CC BY-SA 2.0 | via Wikimedia Commons

This is a much easier walk than some of the others we’ve been featuring more recently, and is under a mile in length. You’ll be walking near Fernworthy Reservoir in the centre of the north side of Dartmoor. The walk itself is flat and suitable for young children as well as your dogs.

As always, our walk starts in a car park – this time in the reservoir’s main pay and display car park. Once you’re parked up, head through the picnic site, taking in the view of the reservoir and Thornworthy Tor beyond. You’ll need to keep to the path beside the reservoir, following it to the dam.

At the dam you may wish to rest for a minute to take in the stunning scenery and wildlife that the dam provides. Other walkers have reported seeing a variety of birds in this area.

Once you’ve passed the dam, take a sharp right and pass by an old quarry (which actually provided the stone that the dam was built from). As you continue along this path you’ll also pass some bronze age hut circles dating back 4000 years. Keep going and eventually you’ll reach the car park you started from – why not enjoy a nice picnic as a reward?

Chris Green

About the Author: Chris Green works in the office at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs, using his technical expertise to assist wherever needed. In his spare time he likes playing guitar and bass, and hiking around Dartmoor.

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