Venford Reservoir

In deepest and wildest Dartmoor

Venford Reservoir is a bit of a hidden gem, one that you only really notice once you’re on top of it. Sitting between the craggy hills of Dartmoor National Park, it provides a relatively sheltered (once you’re in the trees) location to spot wildlife, have a picnic, hook a fish or take a stroll. A meandering path takes you around the water’s edge and a trail that was jointly installed in partnership with Dartmoor National Park and Devon Wildlife Trust provides pencil rubbings for children (and adults!) of wildlife that can be found around the lake.

Public access all year round.



Car Park (a small donation helps to support our charity)

Dog Friendly

Foot Paths

Trout Fishing

Venford Reservoir, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 7SS

Did you know?

Venford was originally built to provide a
water supply for Paignton and is set in an
area of Dartmoor full of antiquities, hut circles,
cairns and stone rows. There is a forty-minute walk around the
reservoir and it is also an excellent place to
start exploring all that the moor has to offer.

Lakes nearby

Kennick, Tottiford and Trenchford


Meldon Reservoir


Burrator Reservoir


Fernworthy Reservoir