Avon Dam Reservoir is one of eight Dartmoor reservoirs. It sits on the River Avon which rises just over four miles away NW close to Ryder’s Hill. The dam was constructed in 1957 to provide water to the South Hams and the reservoir itself covers around 50 acres.

Walking up to the reservoir is pretty straight forward. Park at the little car park at Shipley Bridge (SX680629) and follow the tarmacked track which runs parallel to the river all the way up toward the dam. As you get closer you’ll find the path splits, taking the left path will take you to the base of the dam or the left hand side, climbing up the incline to the right brings you out on the right hand side of the dam.





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