Visitor notice

Due to emergency tree felling works, it will not be possible to walk the full Clatworthy Round walk between 28 February and 4 March. The Woodland Trail remains open as usual and makes for a great alternative for a short walk.

Walking at Clatworthy


Explore on foot with a walk along the Clatworthy Round

There is a variety of walking on offer at Clatworthy with the choice of a short nature trail or a walk of the entire reservoir. Ample parking and public toilets are located at the viewing area where visitors begin the walk around the site. Although, you should bear in mind that the car park, which remains open throughout the year, closes at sunset. In order to protect the local wildlife and water supply dogs are not permitted on the site, however, there are nearby bridleways and footpaths which can be great for dog walks.

Walk along our Woodland Trail

If you’re looking for a route that’s a little shorter than the Clatworthy Round, our Woodland Trail may be more your style. It is a shorter loop of approximately one mile that takes around 45 minutes to complete. The trail crosses the dam and then takes you along a footpath through woodland which will enable you to see some amazing wildlife. Eventually, you will reach the ramparts of the Iron Age hill fort before returning along a wide track.

Similar to the Clatworthy round, this route is mainly on natural surfaces and has sections of both ascent and descent while also being steep and uneven in places. Walkers are reminded to avoid disturbing anglers and to remember that fishermen may not see walkers when back casting.

Clatworthy Walker
Walking on bank at Clatworthy

Walk around our entire reservoir

The Clatworthy Round is a walk of the entire five-mile perimeter of the reservoir. It provides fantastic views of the water and the surrounding countryside, giving you the opportunity to see the array of wildlife present across the site. It’s a fantastic route which can take around three hours to complete. Alternatively, you can walk as far as you wish and then retrace your steps. Walking the whole reservoir can be a challenge due to its length and the steep sections you will encounter on your journey, so don’t forget to wear sturdy footwear.

The route is mainly on natural surfaces (grass, stone and soil) and you must remain of the permitted path throughout your entire walk. The path is generally wide enough for two adults to walk side by side, although there are two narrow foot bridges you will come across on this route. Don’t worry, you don’t have to complete this walk in one go. There are picnic benches located at intervals along the route to provide a location for walkers to have a rest and potentially have something to eat and drink.