Meldon Reservoir and Black Tor

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Meldon Reservoir and Black Tor is a 7.4 kilometer loop trail located near Okehampton, Devon, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 7.4 km Elevation Gain: 269 m Route Type: Loop


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A circular and fairly strenuous walk through typical Dartmoor landscape in Devon. The walk begins with a crossing over the Meldon Reservoir dam and then follows the path alongside the reservoir to meet the West Okement River. The return leg climbs high onto Dartmoor to Sharp Tor and then follows the track along and around Longstone Hill to return to the start. As with any walking on Dartmoor, the area is very exposed so make sure you are well prepared. The paths are rocky underfoot and there are areas of marshy ground so good waterproof boots are a must. After periods of rain some of the tracks can be running with an inch or two of water. There are free roaming sheep, cattle, horses and ponies on Dartmoor so take care with dogs. There are several steady slopes throughout plus one very steep climb over granite rocks up to Sharp Tor itself. There are no stiles and just a couple of gates. Toilets are available in the car park at the start. Approximate time 2.5 to 3 hours.

2 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyed the walk. A tad wet in places and climbing the Tor was tiring! Car park is £1 for up to 3 hours or £2 for 3 hours+. This walk shouldn't take more than 3 hours.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Lovely walk. Started off as bright and sunny, but then we got the showers after passing Sharp Tor! Very wet underfoot most of the way, but still very enjoyable walk.

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