Discover the region’s largest reservoir: climb the tower at Roadford Dam

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Experience the 170-step climb to the top of the valve tower and witness the spectacular beauty over the lake.

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Roadford Reservoir was opened by South West Water in 1990 following the drought of 1976, which saw the last use of standpipes in the South West. The facility almost doubled the region’s water storage capacity, containing enough water – 34,500 megalitres – to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool nearly 14,000 times over!

After walking under the dam, which impounds water from the River Wolf to form the reservoir, visitors will climb to the top of the valve tower. It’s a picturesque location on Dartmoor not to be missed!

Cafe facilities and a visitor centre are available at the nearby South West Lakes Trust.

The tours are offered as part of the National Heritage Open Days, part of National Trust’s celebration of local culture and heritage and will take place on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 September.

Important information

  • Members of the public are invited to attend guided tours at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm on both days, with each tour due to last about 2 hours.
  • Sensible footwear must be worn (no sandals or other open shoes).
  • The tour will require climbing 170 steps, and therefore good general fitness is required.
  • Please note: this tour is unsuitable for anyone under the age of 12.
  • The tour is not suitable for those with heart conditions, in late stages of pregnancy or with vertigo.
  • For further information, please contact Steve Lowrie on slowrie@pennon-group.co.uk or call 01392 443421.
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