Wistman's Wood Weir, Two Bridges, Dartmoor National Park

Wistman's Wood Weir, Two Bridges, Dartmoor National Park

There's a weir north of Wistman's Wood National Nature Reserve on the fringe of Dartmoor's north plateau. Given that Wistman's Wood and Wistman's Wood Ford are both relatively close by, we've named this Wistman's Wood Weir for ease of reference when walking in the area. The weir is actually one of a number of headweirs for Devonport Leat. In his book 'Walking The Dartmoor Waterways', Eric Hemery refers to it as the 'West Dart Headweir'. 'Holiday in Dartmoor' is intended as a practical guide for those holidaying in, or exploring, Dartmoor National Park. As such, it's easier to refer to it as the weir near Wistman's Wood or Wistman's Wood Ford.

During spells of dry weather, you can use the weir to cross the West Dart River. It's also a landmark you can use to a pick up a good path that runs along Devonport Leat to the Two Bridges and Princetown area. Refer to the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map for detail. Note that you cannot cross the weir when the water level is high as it tumbles over the weir south to Wistman's Wood.

Beardown Tors are pretty much above the weir. Crow Tor is north. Longaford Tor is to the east.

The weir is close to the Lichway/Lych Way that crosses the West Dart River at Wistman's Wood Ford.