Trenchford and Tottiford Reservoirs


Paul Dickson | CC BY-SA 2.0 | Wikimedia


Roger Cornfoot | CC BY-SA 2.0 | Wikimedia

This week’s Wednesday Walk is an easy 3 mile figure-of-eight route around Trenchford and Tottiford reservoirs on Dartmoor, between Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead. However, if you feel you’d like to extend it beyond the 3 miles there are certainly plenty of extra paths you can take along the way if you’d like to.

To kick things off first head to Trenchford reservoir to park your car. With the reservoir on your left follow the track next to it. You will be taken to a road which you’ll need to follow to a dam. This dam separates the two reservoirs, and is definitely worth stopping on to take in the view around you.

When you’re ready to continue, walk across the dam and take the path on the right (keeping the other reservoir, Tottiford, on your right). Interestingly, Tottiford was the first ever reservoir to be built on Dartmoor, back in 1861.

Keep going alongside the second reservoir. As you approach halfway round you’ll see a path that cuts in two – take it and follow the path around the reservoir and back to the dam.

Once you have returned to the dam again, go across it again and this time go left with the first reservoir, Trenchford, on your left. This part of the walk is a little bit uphill, but is worth it for the great views across the water. At the far end you’ll see a stone bridge to cross. Follow the path after it that will take you back to the car park.

Read more Wednesday Walks HERE.

Chris Green

About the Author: Chris Green manages 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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