Head for Fernworthy this Summer

That special place on Dartmoor that really has it all

If you are looking for a fantastic day out this summer then you will find it hard to beat Fernworthy Reservoir. Where water, trees, moors and sky meet, you can walk, fish, play and explore amongst some of the most breath-taking scenery within the National Park.

“Simply a hidden treasure. Gorgeous views and an extremely pleasant walk in totally unspoilt surroundings. We enjoyed it so much, are going again today!” Trip Advisor, May 2017.

South West Lakes Trust have been very busy over the last 18 months enhancing the visitor experience at the Reservoir. In partnership with Dartmoor National Park Authority, the ‘Moor Than Meets The Eye’ landscape project has enabled us to vastly improve the surface and accessibility of the much loved Potters Walk, part of a 2.6 mile circular route that takes in the best that Fernworthy Reservoir has to offer. This wheelchair and buggy accessible route includes meadows, woodland and moorland, offering fantastic views of the water, local wildlife and Bronze Age hut circles.

“I visited Fernworthy Reservoir this morning with my parents and my four year old daughter Tilly. Tilly has a rare chromosome disorder and as part of her condition can only walk short distances and relies on a disability buggy to get around. We are therefore pretty limited on where we can visit with her and often have to stay at home while the rest of the family go out for long walks. Today, because of the fabulous new path being installed, we were able to take her out for a proper walk. I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of Tilly and others with special needs who are restricted in the terrain they can access”. Kate Bailey, October 2015.

The public toilets in the main car park have also been refurbished to provide modern, unisex accessible toilets and, to top it all off, we have recently been joined by the fabulous Peace & Coffee who, along with their fabulous Piaggio Ape “Pooh”, are now supplying that much needed delicious ethically sourced, organic coffee and light refreshment which you will almost certainly need after (or before) exploring Fernworthy.

A whole day out with so much to discover, all for the price of a car park ticket!

Fernworthy Reservoir is nestled in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, adjacent to the idyllic village of Chagford. It gravity feeds water into Trenchford Reservoir and supplies Torquay with drinking water. Construction was completed in 1942 and the reservoir holds up to 380 million gallons.

Fernworthy boasts a rich abundance of wildlife and points of archaeological interest such as ancient stone cairns, hut circles and submerged clapper bridges, which can be seen when the water levels are very low – as in 2016. A must visit this summer.

Replies for “Head for Fernworthy this Summer”

  • Caitlin

    This is a great post! Dartmoor really has an abundance of things to do and it’s a great place to visit during the summer holidays as there’s something for everyone. This looks like a lesser known attraction but a hidden gem, all the same, it’s definitely one to add to the list of family fun activities!

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