GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Fernworthy Reservoir

4 miles (6 km)

This walk takes you around the lovely Fernworthy Reservoir and into Fernworthy Forest in Dartmoor. There's a nice waterside path to take you around the reservoir with the option of extending your walk into the adjacent Fernworthy Forest, where you will find miles of delightful woodland trails. It's a really pretty area with a variety of birdlife to look out for on the tranquil waters of the reservoir. You may also see some Dartmoor ponies cooling off in the summer! The area has good facilities with toilets, a catering van and parking on the south side of the reservoir.
This walk starts at the car park and takes you along the reservoir and into Fernworthy Forest. You'll also visit the Fernworthy Stone Circle where you will finda Bronze Agecircleof 27 granite slabs standing in a clearing on a plateau of land. There are splendid views of Thornworthy Tor and the South Teign River at the eastern end of the reservoir.
If you'd like to continue your walk then you could pick up the Two Moors Way which runs through the area. You could follow it south to visit the fascinating Bronze Age settlement at Grimspound.
The reservoir is located near Chagford.

Postcode

TQ13 8EA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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

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

Pubs/Cafes

Just to the north you'll find the noteworthy href='http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/scorhill-stone-circle-walking-route'>Scorhill Stone Circle. The site is anEnglish Heritagescheduled monument and has been described as Devon's finest, most intact stone circle. There's also the ancient Wallabrook Clapper Bridge to visit in this area.
Head a couple of miles south of the reservoir and you could visit the noteworthy Warren House Inn, one of the highest pubs in England. The 19th century inn is one of the most famous on Dartmoor, sitting in an isolated position some 1425ft (434m) above sea level. Originally built to serve the busy local tin mining community, the Inn was always a favourite haunt with miners from the neighbouring Tin Mines, including Golden Dagger, Vitifer and Birch Tor Mines. From the elevated position of the inn there are breathtaking views over the area. Indoors there's a cosy interior with oak beams and open fires. They do great food and are also dog friendly. The Warren House Inn lies at the very centre of Dartmoor between Moretonhampstead and Princetown on the B3212 with a postcode of PL20 6TA.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dartmoor Walks page.

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Photos

Fernworthy Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 10808

Fernworthy Reservoir. construction started in 1937 and was completed in 1942. It provides water to Torbay

Fernworthy reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 551184

View of the reservoir dam looking north. Thornworthy Tor is to the left on the horizon.

Path by Fernworthy Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 897306

The path along the unwooded northern edge of the lake.

Fernworthy Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 897338

Taken from the head of the inlet. Across the water is the picnic area and car park

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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