Trenchford & Tottiford Reservoirs – 3 mile walk

This is an easy walk around two reservoirs that lie in between Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead.  The start of the walk is the main car park for Trenchford Reservoir.

To get to the Reservoir there is a series of lanes from Moretonhampstead. Alternatively, you can travel from the A382 Newton Abbot to Moretonhampstead road at Slade Cross.

There is a small picnic area at the beginning of the walk if you wish to stop and have your lunch, or a snack before stepping out. Dogs are welcome on the walk and you can also take a pushchair although in places the path is a bit rough.

After parking, walk to the right with the reservoir on your left. A short path connects the car park with a tarmac lane. You’ll meet the road so follow this along past a lovely open view of reservoir. Then along a tree-lined road. Carry on along this lane passing over the dam to Trenchford to reach a road junction. Bear left here and walk between the two reservoirs. This is a beautiful spot, definitely a photo opportunity!

Take the path on your right once you have reached the other side of the water. Make sure you keep Tottiford reservoir on your right. Tottiford was the very first reservoir to be built in Dartmoor in 1861. Continue around Tottiford Reservoir crossing in by bridge/causeway.

Once on the other side bear right and continue to the road. Carry on towards the right along the road between the two reservoirs. This time bear left on the other side of the water. There is a little uphill bit here and more lovely views across the water. At the far end is a stone bridge to cross and then you’ll follow the path back along to the car park, back to the start.

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jillJill is the Lead Training Assistant with Devon Dogs and the proud owner of Poppy and Jazzer, both Hungarian Wirehaired Vizslas. Jill enjoys many a walk with her two girls around the beautiful countryside of Devon.

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