Wistlandpound Reservoir

‘Perhaps the most accessible walk in North Devon’

Woodland walks, accessible paths and a haven for wildlife – located on the edge of Exmoor National Park and a short distance from the North Devon Coast, Wistlandpound Reservoir offers a great day out for families, bird watchers and nature enthusiasts alike. Surrounded by a conifer plantation and nestled in the rolling hills of Devon and Exmoor – Wistlandpound provides a unique opportunity for people of all abilities to get outdoors and discover all of the great things to do….right on the doorstep!

There are two wheelchair and pushchair accessible paths – they not only offer fantastic access around the reservoir but also ensure those with less mobility can get close to nature. A pergoda goes right to the water’s edge and there are multiple educational boards and activity stations dotted along the trails. Keep an eye out for a range of wildlife – there’s plenty of waterfowl, coot and mallards on and around the lake or look up and spot buzzards soaring overhead. Enjoy woodland walks through the deep alpine green Spruce plantations throughout the seasons – go on a mini-beast hunt in spring, discover bright purple Rosebay Willow herb in summer, pack your own lunch and set up a picnic in autumn or try birdwatching from the hide in winter.

Public access all year round.

Fly-fishing season is 15 March- 12 October

The Calvert Trust has a centre nearby from which it organises adventure holidays for less able people and their carers, including watersports on the lake. People wishing to take a holiday or day course can contact them on 01598 763221.


Mobile coffee van (dates vary)

Disabled Toilets & Access

Picnic Area

Car Park (a small car parking charge helps to support our charity)


Dog Friendly


Play Area (managed by The Calvert Trust)


Trout Fishing

Bird Hide

The Calvert Trust Exmoor provides challenging outdoor activities for people with disabilities to enjoy, together with their friends and family.

Wistlandpound Reservoir, near Blackmoor Gate, Devon.

Telephone: 01398 371460
E-mail: wimbleballOA@swlakestrust.org.uk

The accessible paths were funded from the Discover Wistlandpound Project (DWP) a joint project with South West Lakes Trust, The Calvert Trust Exmoor and Forestry Commission Enterprises.

The reservoir was built in 1956 and supplies fresh drinking water to Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple. The 40 acre lake holds up to 1,550 megalitres (341 million gallons) when full and is 22m deep in places.

The Future – plans are currently underway to restore the railway which was closed in 1935. Funding is currently being sought by the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Trust to restore 19 miles of track through North Devon. The new route will skirt and possible even stop at Wistlandpound Reservoir and feasibility studies have indicated this will have a great economic benefit to the area.

Trout Fishing

The site is very popular for Fly- fishing, and was changed from a Rainbow to a Brown Trout fishery in 2016. Wistlandpound Fly –Fishing Club and its members are often at the lake for informal sessions and competitions throughout the season.

Did you know?

When water levels are low you may
see part of the Lynton and Barnstaple railway
which ran through the valley before it was flooded.

Lakes nearby

Wimbleball Lake


Meldon Reservoir


Tamar Lakes


Kennick, Tottiford, Trenchford