Tottiford Reservoir, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

Tottiford Reservoir, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park

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

Tottiford Reservoir is one of three beautiful reservoirs north of Bovey Tracey and south west of Moretonhampstead. Tottiford was the first reservoir to be built in what is now Dartmoor National Park. Tottiford was built in 1861 and then expanded four years later.

In summer 2010, Channel 4's 'Time Team' excavated a prehistoric settlement here. The settlement included a stone circle and stone rows.


Directions to Tottiford Reservoir

The three reservoirs can be accessed from all directions. However, the location is remote so you'll have to follow skinny lanes. For Trenchford Reservoir, we'd recommend taking the major Dartmoor road A382 to Slade Cross and then following the skinny lane as it climbs to the southern end of Trenchford Reservoir. Refer to the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map for detail.


Parking at Tottiford Reservoir

There's a reasonably large car parking area by the squat dam wall that divides Tottiford Reservoir from Trenchford Reservoir. Don't leave valuables in your vehicle.


Walking Tottiford Reservoir

A good path runs around the reservoir.


Walking the Tottiford Reservoir area

Try the Tottiford, Trenchford & Kennick Reservoirs Circular Walk.


Blackingstone Rock

Blackingstone Rock.


Canonteign Falls

Canonteign Falls.


Places to eat and drink around Tottiford Reservoir

The Cleave.


Bovey Tracey

The Dartmoor gateway town Bovey Tracey sits below Tottiford Reservoir.



Lustleigh sits in the delightful Wray Valley.



Moretonhampstead is the gateway to Dartmoor's high moorland.