GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Trenchford and Tottiford Reservoir

2 miles (4 km)

Enjoy an easy walk around these two pretty reservoirs in the Dartmoor National Park. There are waterside walking trails running along the waters edge and then into surrounding woodland. The area is well signposted and there is seating and picnic area dotted around the walk. Look out for a variety of birdlife on the water and beautiful rhododendrons around the reservoir in the summer months. It's easy to extend your walk to Kennick Reservoir as this lies just to the north of Trenchford and Tottiford Reservoirs.
This walk starts at the parking area at the western end of Tottiford Reservoir and takes you along the waterside paths.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Canonteign Falls where you'll find lakes, a wooded valley and a spectacular waterfall.


TQ13 9NS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Trenchford and Tottiford Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Trenchford and Tottiford Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head into Lustleigh and visit The Cleave Pub for some post walk refreshments. The delightful thatched pub has an attractive interior with features including a low-ceilinged beamed bar with granite walls and log fire. Outdoors there's a nice garden area to relax in on warmer days. The pub does great food and can be found in the village at a postcode of TQ13 9TJ for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The reservoirs are a popular place for dog walking and you'll probably see plenty of other owners on a good day. There's also some nice woodland trails surrounding the water where you can take your canine friend. The Cleave pub mentioned above also has a dog friendly area.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

About 2 miles south west of the reservoirs you'll find the pretty village of Lustleigh. Here you can visit Lustleigh Cleave which is an excellent place to continue your walking if you have time. The lovely area includes fields, meadows, woods and riverside trails along the River Bovey.
A few miles east of the reservoirs you'll find the expansive Haldon Forest Park. There's miles of waymarked walking trails and mountain biking trails to be found here. The site includes the popular Mamhead Sensory Trail where you can enjoy some fine views over the Exe Estuary. At the northern end of the forest you will find Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle). The site is used as wedding venue but is also open to the public on certain days. The fine looking castle dates from 1788 and is surrounded by some the lovely grounds and gardens. See the Doddiscombsleigh Walk for more details.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dartmoor Walks and Devon Walks pages.


Trenchford Reservoir - - 950037

Trenchford Reservoir. Looking North across the lake in later summer 2008. There are very few viewing points around certain areas of the lake, in fact I get the impression that people are discouraged. Along the road a hedge purposely restricts viewing the reservoir. Obviously the number one priority is water, and with all this free rain we are having, and supply outdoing demand, drinking water will soon be very cheap!

Trenchford Reservoir Shoreline - - 1472790

Trenchford Reservoir Shoreline

Road between Trenchford and Tottiford reservoirs - - 1259592

Road between Trenchford and Tottiford reservoirs

Tottiford Reservoir - - 1361511

Tottiford Reservoir

Below Trenchford Reservoir - - 995494

Below Trenchford Reservoir. On the left is Tottiford House and on the right Poolmill Cottages. Seen from the road across the dam; the grassy slope in the foreground is the face of the dam.

Plantation and buildings below Trenchford Reservoir - - 154308

Plantation and buildings below Trenchford Reservoir. In the foreground is a plantation of fir trees ("Christmas trees")


GPS Files

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