GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Clatworthy Reservoir

5 miles (8 km)

Enjoy a walk around this pretty reservoir in the Brendon Hills on the edge of the Exmoor National Park. There's lovely grassy footpaths running alongside the water with splendid views of the surrounding hills, countryside and woodland. You can park at the car park at the eastern side of the reservoir near to the dam. Then pick up the trails around the perimeterof the water. It's about a 5 mile (8km) walk around the whole reservoir or you can try a shorter nature trail through Clatworthy Wood. Here you'll findbeech, oaks,silver birchandrowan trees and some pretty streams. Look out for red deer,roe deerandbadgersin this area andgeese, grebes and swans on the water.
Just to the south of the reservoir you can pick up the West Deane Way long distance trail near Wiveliscombe. Here you can extend your walk by following the trail south along the River Tone towards Ashbrittle and Tracebridge.
A few miles to the west you can enjoy more lakeside cycling and walking trails at the larger Wimbleball Lake.
Just to the north you can pick up the Samaritans Way South West and explore the Brendon Hills and Combe Sydenham Country Park.


TA4 2EJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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

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


If you head a couple of miles south east of the reservoir you'll come to the pretty little village of Langley Marsh. Here you'll find the noteworthy Three Horseshoes. The historic country pub dates all the way back to the 17th century. It sits in a lovely spot at the foot of the Brendon Hills and has an attractive interior with cosy fires. There's also a good pub garden and a very good menu. The inn can be found at a postcode of TA4 2UL for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

A few miles to the south west there's a great viewpoint at Haddon Hill. The hill lies just to the south of Wimbleball Lake providing great views over the water to Dartmoor beyond.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Exmoor Walks page.


Clatworthy, Clatworthy Reservoir - - 748384

The reservoir seen from the ridge road between Parsonage Farm and Flint Cross, here defining the boundary between Clatworthy and Huish Champflower parishes. The reservoir was constructed between 1957 and 1959 and was officially opened in 1961. It has a capacity of 4499 million litres: by comparison nearby Wimbleball, constructed in the 1970s, can contain 21320 million litres

Footpath around Clatworthy Reservoir - - 193554

Footpath around Clatworthy Reservoir. A permissive footpath encircles the reservoir

Entrance to Clatworthy Reservoir car park and picnic area - - 193561

Entrance to Clatworthy Reservoir car park and picnic area

Clatworthy Reservoir

A walker on the grassy path on a beautiful summer day

The dam at Clatworthy Reservoir - - 3487269

The dam from above

Fishing boats at Clatworthy Reservoir - - 1956112

Fishing boats.

West Somerset , Clatworthy Reservoir - - 2868309

The western end of the lake with lovely autumnal trees.

Inauguration plaque - - 1919856

Inauguration plaque by the car park.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Clatworthy Reservoir.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)