Fernworthy Reservoir

Devon  >  United Kingdom

Fernworthy Reservoir is situated on high moorland East of Princetown.

Added* by Baz Willmott
Most recent update 8 December 2020
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Fernworthy Reservoir is not visited as much as the other moorland reservoirs. It is surrounded by conifer plantations and some deciduous on most sides and is probably best known for it's Common Crossbill​​​​​​, whilst the reservoir is a night time roost for Goosander. This area is surrounded by open moorland and numerous peat bogs.



The B3212 runs West to East across Dartmoor from Princetown (North of Plymouth), passing through Two Bridges and then Postbridge, eventually as the road starts to descend off the high moor after the Warren House Inn, look for signs on the left to Fernworthy on minor roads. Car parking spaces are at the West end of the reservoir.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Wetland , Lake , Moors/heathland , River


Flat , Hilly , Wet , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter , Spring , Autumn , Summer


Paved road , Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Car , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

As well as the marked route on the Southern side of the reservoir, there are numerous paths to the North side, as well as higher moorland.

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