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Wistlandpound Reservoir Trail is a 1.5 mile loop trail located near Barnstaple, Devon, England that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.5 mi Elevation gain 305 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Lake Partially paved River Views
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A circular, easy-access walk around Wistlandpound Reservoir, on the edge of Exmoor in Devon. The route takes you on a beautiful waterside journey, through pretty sections of woodland and through open sections with far-reaching views. There is plenty of wildlife to discover, including lots of birds that you can enjoy from a purpose-built hide. There are several picnic tables around the trail, ideal for extending your visit in summer. The route follows a wide, compacted stone path for its entire length, with just a few gentle or moderate gradients. There are no stiles, steps or kissing gates on route, just a few single wooden gates, meaning the route is suitable for pushchairs and disability buggies. Dogs are welcome on the reservoir trail, but you are asked to keep them on a lead. Two dog waste bins are provided. There are some side paths into the woodlands where dogs can be given a run off-lead. Allow 1 hour.

Wistlandpound reservoir is located on the edge of Exmoor in Devon, near Blackmoor Gate. There is a brown tourism sign to direct you from the A399 (just south of its junction with the A39). Having turned off the A399, follow the narrow road heading south. Ignore the first car park on your left (this is for the Calvert Trust discovery and activity centre) and continue to reach the next brown sign. Turn left here (passing a sheep pasture on your left) and then turn left again (signed for the parking and trails). You will come to the parking area on your right. The parking fee is £1.50 for 2 hours or £2.50 all day (correct Dec 2018), with funds going towards managing the trails. Nearest post code EX31 4SL.

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Terry T
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A lovely relaxing walk that was peaceful and enjoyable. While short the walk had a fair bit to offer, plenty of birds and the icing on the cake was a buzzard in full flight gliding overhead. A good spot for a picnic too.

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Ashley Goldhawk
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Jackie Watts
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Walking

A lovely evening walk with my dog taking in the views, the wild life and sun shining making it still very warm. A nice walk with a picnic at the end

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Rory Nash
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good for quick walk with the dog

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Rhys Herbert
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Steve Lowe
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Robert Dubiel
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Raine Raine
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