Kennick Reservoir, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

Kennick Reservoir, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

Largest of three reservoirs near the north eastern border of Dartmoor National Park

Trenchford, Tottiford and Kennick reservoirs 'lie within Dartmoor National Park. Created between 1861 and 1903 these beautiful lakes, along with Fernworthy, supply the Torbay area with the highest quality drinking water. They are popular with families, fisherman and walkers alike'. (Information board at Trenchford Reservoir car park.)


Directions to Kennick Reservoir

The three reservoirs can be accessed from all directions. However, the location is remote so you'll have to follow skinny lanes. We'd recommend coming from the Moretonhampstead direction. Head for Blackingstone Rock and then follow the lane south east to Kennick Reservoir. 


Parking at Kennick Reservoir

There's parking at the southern end of Kennick Reservoir. There's also limited parking available at the north west end of the water.


Walking Kennick Reservoir

Unlike Tottiford Reservoir and Trenchford Reservoir, you cannot walk around Kennick Reservoir. There's parking at the north west end and a public path takes you by the water into Laployd Plantation. This public path offers superb views of Kennick Reservoir. Refer to the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map for detail.


Walking the Kennick Reservoir area

Tottiford, Trenchford & Kennick Reservoirs Circular Walk.


Blackingstone Rocks

Blackingstone Rock.


Fingle Woods, the Teign Gorge and the National Trust's Castle Drogo

Fingle Woods (National Trust/Woodland Trust), the Teign Gorge (National Trust) and Castle Drogo (National Trust).


Canonteign Falls

Canonteign Falls.


Places to eat and drink around Kennick Reservoir

Try the Bridford Inn in nearby Bridford.



Moretonhampstead is a gateway town to Dartmoor's high moor. Follow the B3212 west.