Avon Dam Reservoir Circular Walk, South Brent, Dartmoor National Park

Avon Dam Reservoir Circular Walk, South Brent, Dartmoor National Park

This circular walk takes in a beautiful river valley, one of Dartmoor's most stunning reservoir settings and high moorland. It also includes a short stretch of the Abbot's Way as marked on Ordnance Survey maps. Highly recommended if you want to explore the south eastern corner of Dartmoor National Park.

Start from the car parking area at Shipley Bridge as marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map. This is north west of South Brent on the edge of high moorland. There are public toilets at the car park.

Walk the tarmac road that runs along the side of the River Avon in Avon Dam Reservoir Valley. This takes you up towards the reservoir dam wall which is visible in front of you. About half a kilometre south of the wall, you'll see a good track running off the tarmac road. This track takes you up to the eastern side of the wall. There are glorious views across the reservoir and down the valley.

Follow the path that runs around the eastern end of the reservoir until you connect with the Abbot's Way as marked on Ordnance Survey maps. Walk the Abbot's Way above the northern bank of the River Avon until you come to Huntingdon Clapper Bridge. Cross the river and yomp up the side of the moor. Continue to Western White Barrow.

To return to Shipley Bridge, wander down Zeal Tor Tramway (Dismantled). This takes you around the side of Brent Moor and connects with the tarmac road by the River Avon.

Note that there are many variations in the return leg of this circular walk. For example, you can pick your way across tussocky moorland between Western White Barrow and Eastern White Barrow before descending to Shipley Bridge via Brent Moor. Alternatively, you can walk the southern side of the Avon Dam Reservoir to the reservoir dam wall. A path drops down to the tarmac road in Avon Dam Reservoir Valley.