There are currently 0 comments and 0 photos online for this walk.
|Wistlandpound Reservoir Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 28 May 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A 1.5 mile circular easy-access walk around Wistlandpound Reservoir, on the edge of Exmoor in Devon. The route takes you on a beautiful waterside journey, through pretty sections of woodland and through open sections with far-reaching views. There is plenty of wildlife to discover, including lots of birds that you can enjoy from a purpose-built hide. There are several picnic tables around the trail, ideal for extending your visit in summer.
The route follows a wide, compacted stone path for its entire length, with just a few gentle or moderate gradients. There are no stiles, steps or kissing gates on route, just a few single wooden gates, meaning the route is suitable for pushchairs and disability buggies. Dogs are welcome on the reservoir trail, but you are asked to keep them on a lead. Two dog waste bins are provided. There are some side paths into the woodlands where dogs can be given a run off-lead. Allow 1 hour.
Wistlandpound reservoir is located on the edge of Exmoor in Devon, near Blackmoor Gate. There is a brown tourism sign to direct you from the A399 (just south of its junction with the A39). Having turned off the A399, follow the narrow road heading south. Ignore the first car park on your left (this is for the Calvert Trust discovery and activity centre) and continue to reach the next brown sign. Turn left here (passing a sheep pasture on your left) and then turn left again (signed for the parking and trails). You will come to the parking area on your right. The parking fee is £1 for 2 hours or £2 all day (correct May 2017), with funds going towards managing the trails. Nearest post code EX31 4SL.
|Start to Pontoon|
Start point: 51.1569 lat, -3.9445 long
From the parking area, cross over the access road and go through the bridle gate to enter the reservoir site. Keep ahead for a few paces to reach a fork in the path, with a large information board to your right. This trail follows the inner path, where dogs need to be on leads, however you can fork left here onto the outer trail, should you wish to give your dog a run off-lead before you set off. For the main walk, take the right-hand branch (the inner path). Follow this into the trees with glimpses of the reservoir across to your right.
|Pontoon to Bird Hide|
Start point: 51.161 lat, -3.9393 long
Keep ahead along the path, still with the water to your right. Further along you will pass a hexagonal shelter just to your left, decorated with carved animals including a flapping duck sitting right on the top. This is part of the facilities for the Calvert Trust activity centre, which offers activities for people with disabilities and their families. Ignore the sharp left turn here, instead keep straight ahead on the main stone path.
|Bird Hide to End|
Start point: 51.1591 lat, -3.9343 long
Keep ahead and, along this next stretch, you will pass a bench and railway sleepers on your right. These commemorate the original Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, a narrow-gauge railway that ran through Exmoor. The last train ran in 1935 and much of the track was removed and recycled. When the reservoir was built, it flooded the remains of the track here. Parts of the route were reopened as a heritage steam railway for tourists in 2004 and plans are underway to extend the heritage route even further, including a new station at Wistlandpound Reservoir.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
Powered by World Weather Online.
iOS Appstore November 2017
Great App - never get lost! by The Parallax View Best couple of quid I’ve spent in a long time. Walks are well described & it’s easy to see if you’ve wandered off the mapped tracks via GPS. Degree of difficulty is useful too - can choose a 2 Welly, 5 mile walk with a pub at the end for a relaxing Sunday.
Email November 2017
Wow what a lovely experience it was using your app worked perfectly from the off for the first time found walks nearby we would have never found, brilliant work guys and gals.
This is a great app. Easy to use. Great selection of walks and very uncomplicated instructions, good simple maps. Other walking apps I have tried can be very confusing, this one is just right. Thank you
I used the app for the first time this afternoon. I lead regular ‘Walking for Health’. The app is terrific!
I do a lot of solo walking...so always worry about safety and getting lost.....not anymore I don't...!!!!! The guides are always spot on....and that's what I do.just follow the blue spot...!!! Thank you.... It's my favourite app...!!!!
My wife and I did your Petworth and Shimmings Valley walk yesterday. It was absolutely beautiful and enhanced by the wonderful weather. Your instructions were the clearest I have ever used for walking.
Without doubt the best app that I have ever downloaded! - NT
This App is brilliant. It enables you to track your walks and download them for future reference. The Library provides you with a variety of walks and are supported by clear instructions and photographs along the route. This makes them very easy to follow. I have used the App for about two years and have found it invaluable. Should you have any queries about any aspect of iFootpath the support you get is second to none.
Absolutely beautiful walk, and a wonderful app. Thank you so much :)
I want to congratulate you on your web site/app performance, quick, reliable and easy to use. I have similar walking apps with OS Maps and ViewRanger but yours is best.
This app has totally changed my life, i absolutely love it. I did this walk yesterday, what a beautiful walk it is, i thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely do it again, in fact i met an older gentleman who was on his 100 and something time there!! My sister and daughter cant wait to come along. The noise mentioned about the motorway is negligible and for me did not detract from the overall walk at all, the view from the top was stunning!!
So far I have downloaded 5 walks and completed 3 of them, tomorrow will be No 4. I love your website The walk descriptions are the best I have used in the last six years of rambling since I retired. This is a website I would be more than happy to pay a subscription for, instead I'll donate a sum to my favourite charity. THANK YOU.
Have deleted Pokemon Go and downloaded @ifootpathuk which is much more 'me'
I love the illustrated descriptions of each walk section. Really helps to enjoy the walk and get to know something about what I'm seeing. So much better than apps that only provide GPS co-ordinates and no photos or description. Love it!
After trying out numerous other apps I came across this one: way ahead of any of the others in every way. Much more accurate and very easy to use with great features. Would highly recommend it as THE app to use for walking.
Just wonderful, with walks for everyone: the fit, the not-so-fit, short walks, long walks, through woods, up hills (and down).
I highly recommend it, as my mum and I use it to go for walks and finish by eating at a pub. Its detailed and sometimes humorous instructions lead us easily to our destination. Also, to top this, it has interesting facts about the area we're walking in
I don't review much but this app deserves it. Downloaded some really good walks and the combination of the good descriptions and the really useful map of the walk showing where you are make it a brilliant tool. Well done and keep up the good work.
Very enjoyable and well described route. Views over the river from the warren were stunning.
Fantastic walk and amazing views. Great directions though I followed the GPS map mainly
Great walk, instructions were very detailed, perfect!
This may be the best walk I've ever done. It was certainly the best directions.
Even on a cold windy day with it trying to snow this was still an excellent walk. We managed it with our 2 children of 5 yrs and one in a all terain pram (a defo no no with a normal pram). Will be doing this one again in the summer.
Used app while visiting (it was great!)--live in Texas. Thanks!
Your app and walks are a dream to use
Did this walk this morning with our three little girls and we all love it. Great day outdoor!