Venford Reservoir is a hidden jewel in the midst of the craggy hills of Dartmoor National Park. The coniferous woodland provides a sheltered area to explore the countryside; why not set out on a stroll, spot wildlife and take a picnic along?

Walking at Venford

Take a meandering footpath around the water’s edge, which is just over a mile in length and surrounded by broadleaf deciduous woodland. Explore a beautiful trail that was jointly installed in partnership with Devon Wildlife Trust and Dartmoor National Park; you can take pencil rubbings of information about the wildlife that can be found around the lake. Below the dam, there is an exact replica of the Burrator Lodge! 

There are stable paths most of the way; however, some areas are inaccessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs, and five steps are situated half way around the route.

Venford is a great, secluded place to start exploring all the moor has to offer. Beyond Venford, discover open moorland and Holne Moor, where you will find several pleasant walks.

Venford was originally built to provide a water supply for Paignton, and is located in an area of Dartmoor teaming with cultural heritage; discover antiquities, hut circles, cairns and stone rows.

Wildlife at Venford

Keep a look out for ground nesting birds – especially the graceful Great Crested Grebe.

Venford is a free wilderness fishery; Environment Agency rod licence holders can fish for natural brown trout. Find out more here.

Address: Venford Reservoir, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 7SS