5 Interesting facts about Meldon Reservoir

  • Meldon Reservoir was dammed in 1972
  • When full Meldon Reservoir has a capacity of 3020 mega litres
  • Meldon Reservoir is located 900 feet above sea level
  • An island towards the south of the reservoir has been planted with trees and developed as a nature reserve
  • Meldon Dam is a concrete gravity megastructure

Meldon Reservoir, nestled amongst dramatic, steep sided banks, is a must visit on your next Dartmoor adventure. This breath-taking reservoir offers an unforgettable day out in Devon with heaps of fun and free things to do with the family.

Watch in awe as the water cascades over the dam whilst enjoying the spectacular views over the Okement Valley. Enjoy a leisurely stroll and explore the network of off-road footpaths, spot an abundance of wildlife, build dens and create memories. There’s plenty of open space to let your children play freely. Why not bring your four-legged friends and enjoy a dog friendly day out in Devon. Explore the great outdoors and become our top dog!

For the keen ramblers amongst us there are ample opportunities to venture out on to the open moorland and experience the best views of the reservoir… Don’t forget to take the camera. Watch as the West Okement River flows off the high moor into the reservoir, head to the summit of High Willhays, the highest point on Dartmoor, or conquer Yes Tor, Dartmoor’s second highest peak.

A must do on your next visit is to walk or cycle the Granite Way, crossing the impressive Meldon Viaduct where you will find the Meldon Buffet Carriage. Hidden in an amazing location on the edge of the Viaduct, this former buffet coach is the perfect place to stop and enjoy some delicious refreshments whilst appreciating the tremendous views of the Viaduct, Meldon Dam and the West Okement Valley.

So, if you are looking for places to visit on Dartmoor, Melson should be of your list.

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