Things To Do near Venford Reservoir

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Venford Brook, Holne, Dartmoor National Park

Venford Brook, Holne, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Venford Reservoir sits on the edge of Dartmoor's south plateau between Holne and Hexworthy. At the northern end of the reservoir is a dam and beyond this are water works. Venford Brook flows from the dam area down through a pretty valley in to the River Dart as it tumbles through the Dart Gorge. We...

Luckey Tor, Dartmeet, Dartmoor National Park

Luckey Tor, Dartmeet, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

If possible, buy a copy of Harvey's British Mountain Map 'Dartmoor' map. It was edited by the Dartmoor expert Eric Hemery and includes tracks and paths that aren't marked on the more popular and well-known Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map. A couple of these tracks and paths lead to a sup...

Dart Valley Nature Reserve, Dartmeet, Dartmoor National Park

Dart Valley Nature Reserve, Dartmeet, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

The Dart Valley Nature Reserve is located in the Dart Gorge. In our opinion, the Dart Gorge is one of the most beautiful places in Dartmoor National Park. Whilst we've positioned the Dart Valley Nature Reserve on Google maps, we'd recommend studying the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map f...

Bench Tor, Holne, Dartmoor National Park

Bench Tor, Holne, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Breathtaking views of the Dart Gorge If you're on holiday in Dartmoor National Park in autumn then head for Bench Tor. Topping a spur of moorland that juts out into the Dart Gorge, it's a breathtaking place. The heavily wooded gorge walls are a riot of colour. After a spell of heavy rain, wate...

Bench Tor Circular Walk, Holne, Dartmoor National Park

Bench Tor Circular Walk, Holne, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Bench Tor and some of Dartmoor's best valley views Bench Tor is a rocky outcrop topping a spur of land that juts out into the Dart Gorge. The views from the tor are spectacular. You'll often see climbers on the huge, vertical wall of rock on the crag nearest the lip of the gorge. It's als...

Dart Gorge, Holne, Dartmoor National Park

Dart Gorge, Holne, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Walking/views The Dart Gorge is one of the most beautiful places in Dartmoor National Park. Like the Teign Gorge and Lustleigh Cleave, the Dart Gorge is a steep-sided wooded valley cut by a fast-flowing river that runs from the high moors down to the Devon coast. The Dart Gorge is located in t...

Sharrah Pool, Holne, Dartmoor National Park

Sharrah Pool, Holne, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Wild swimming and walking The East Dart River and West Dart River converge at Dartmeet to form the Double Dart or, more simply, the River Dart. The River Dart then passes through the Dart Gorge which is one of the most beautiful and wild places in Dartmoor National Park. The river cascades and...

Dart Gorge Venford Reservoir to New Bridge South Bank Walk, Holne, Dartmoor National Park

Dart Gorge Venford Reservoir to New Bridge South Bank Walk, Holne, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

This is one of our favourite walks in Dartmoor National Park. It's difficult, owing to the absence of paths in the central section of the Dart Gorge below Bench Tor. For long sections of the walk, you're picking your way through wild woodland. Don't try this walk unless you are a confident walker. T...

White Wood River Dart Walk, Holne, Dartmoor National Park

White Wood River Dart Walk, Holne, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Dartmoor's famous for its rain and rivers. After a period of heavy rain, there are a few places where the noise of the water is awesome as it passes through gorges. One is the National Trust's Lydford Gorge where water powers through a narrow neck of rock at the Devil's Cauldron. Another is the...

Dart Gorge New Bridge to Sharrah Pool North Bank Walk, Holne, Dartmoor National Park

Dart Gorge New Bridge to Sharrah Pool North Bank Walk, Holne, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

When exploring the Dart Gorge, most people follow the south side of the river through the National Trust's Holne Woods. Another good path runs north of the river. As you follow the Dart upstream, this good path becomes a good track and then quickly turns into a hazardous route through very steep woo...

Mel Pool, Holne, Dartmoor National Park

Mel Pool, Holne, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Wild swimming is popular in Dartmoor National Park. Mel Pool is one of the most beautiful, and remote, places in which you can enjoy it. A stretch of cascades and calm pools of water on the River Dart in the stunning Dart Gorge, it's relatively difficult to get to although nothing too challenging fo...

River Dart, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

River Dart, Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

The River Dart rises in two remote, boggy areas below some of Dartmoor National Park's highest moorland. Far north, by Whitehorse Hill and its remarkable cist, are the headwaters of the East Dart River. A little further south, on the flank of Cut Hill, are the headwaters of the West Dart River. Each...

Holne Woods (National Trust), Holne, Dartmoor National Park

Holne Woods (National Trust), Holne, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

The River Dart is particularly beautiful between Dartmeet and New Bridge. When in spate, the water powers through the Dart Gorge shaping cascades and pools. The easiest way to access and experience the Dart in the lower section of the gorge is via Holne Woods. Managed by the National Trust, the w...

Dart Gorge Circular Walk, Holne, Dartmoor National Park

Dart Gorge Circular Walk, Holne, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Spectacular gorge and moorland route for experienced walkers This is a spectacular walk. We'd recommend trying it in spring or autumn to make the most of the Dart Gorge's natural beauty. Only try this if you're an experienced walker owing to its length and some of the awkward footing along t...

Dr Blackall's Drive Walk, Dartmeet, Dartmoor National Park

Dr Blackall's Drive Walk, Dartmeet, Dartmoor National Park (approx. 1 mile away)

Walking above the River Dart in the Dart Gorge Dartmoor National Park is fringed with gorges and steep-sided wooded valleys. These are some of the most beautiful places in the national park and Westcountry. In many cases, it's possible to walk along the lip of these gorges and valleys h...