About us Blogs SWLT 5 Interesting Facts about Lopwell Dam -The original dam was constructed in 1953 by Plymouth City Council to create an additional water supply for the city.-Now a peaceful spot, Lopwell was originally a busy river quay, serving nearby mines and farmland dating back to the 13th century.-Before the dam was built, a ferry used to run from one side of the estuary to the other!-At low tide you can walk across the Tidal Ford and encounter nature face to face by following the woodland trails in the Local Nature Reserve (LNR).-If you explore Lopwell’s nature trail, you will discover Wheal Maristow, an impressive mineshaft, dating back to the 13th century. Lopwell Dam is a beautiful spot at any time of the year; however, between autumn and winter, the colours and views on display are simply breathtaking. Near Plymouth, the Local Nature Reserve is home to a varied range of wildlife, both in and out of the water. Delve into Lopwell’s long history (all the way back to the 13th century!), and learn about how this peaceful haven was once a busy river quay, with a mineshaft used for mining lead and silver. There are lots of things to do with the family: have a go at pond-dipping, go on a mini-beast hunt, try a spot of bird watching, follow the beautiful woodland trails, or even cycle the Tamar Discovery Trail! At low tide, walk across the Tidal Ford and explore the Local Nature Reserve and Wheal Maristow, a historic mineshaft.