GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Venford Reservoir

1 miles (2 km)

This short circular walk takes you around the pretty Venford Reservoir on Dartmoor. It's a nice easy stroll with woodland sections and waterside trails to enjoy. Parking is available and there are picnic tables dotted around the lake. If you'd like to extend your walk you could climb Bench Tor to the north of the reservoir. From here you can enjoy splendid views of River Dart Valley.
The reservoir is located just to the west of the Dartmoor Way long distance footpath. You could pick up the waymarked trail and visit the nearby Hembury Woods and River Dart Country Park to extend your exercise.


TQ13 7SS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Venford Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Venford Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


One good idea is to head south from the site to the little village of Scorriton. Here you could pay a visit to the Tradesman's Arms where you can enjoy home cooked food in the lovely garden area, overlooking the Little Combe Valley. You can find them at postcode TQ11 0JB for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The reservoir is a nice place to bring your dog for a walk so you'll probably see other owners on a fine day.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The site is located just a few miles north east from Buckflastleigh. Here you can try the Buckfastleigh and Buckfast Abbey Walk. The historic abbey is one of the area's highlights and includes a Lavender garden, Physic garden and Sensory garden.


Venford Reservoir - - 596797

View down to the reservoir. The dam was completed in 1907. The road across it goes on towards Hexworthy. The tarmac on the right is the entrance to the waterworks.

Car park, Venford reservoir - - 595152

Car park, Venford reservoir. On the right is the lane to Holne.

Track below Venford Reservoir - - 592892

Track below the reservoir. With the valley of Venford Brook on the left, and the slopes below Bench Tor on the right. Sharp Tor is beyond the Dart valley.

Towards Venford Reservoir from Bench Tor - - 596581

Towards the Reservoir from Bench Tor. A variety of tracks make their way across the moorland between the tor and the nearest road past the reservoir, which is in SX6871/6870. In the distance is Ryder's Hill, the highest point in the southern moor.

Edge of Venford Reservoir - - 1321480

Edge of the lake. The soft greens of the conifers and shrubs and the pinks of the rhododendrons create a pleasant border to the waters of the reservoir.

View over Venford Reservoir - - 1321536

A peaceful scene over the water to the moors beyond. The construction of the dam, which was to supply water to the expanding population of Paignton, was carried out by Hawkins & Best of Teignmouth with a Mr Frederick Vanstone, Water Engineer for Paignton, in charge of the works. The estimated cost in 1901 was £27,583. By the time the dam was completed it had risen to £119,697.13s.6d. Much of the extra was spent on laying a satisfactory foundation: instead of solid granite under the turf, faults and broken rocks were found which had to be cemented over.

New auxiliary overflow - Venford Reservoir - - 1321498

New auxiliary overflow. The new project at the reservoir has been to build this auxiliary overflow to manage any superfluous quantities of water which may occur after torrential rainfall.

Reservoir bridge - Venford - - 1321516

Reservoir bridge. The reservoir was built in 1907 to provide water for the people of Paignton. It covers an area of some 33 acres filled by the waters flowing off Holne Moor by way of Venford Brook. The bridge carries the road to Holne and beyond. The drop on the left hand side is considerable in comparison to the water level on the right.


GPS Files

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