Distance: 9.25 Km (5.75 miles) through rural lanes, woodland paths and fields.

Time: 3 hours

Start point: There is a pay and display car park at Bullaton Cross, 3 miles north of Bovey Tracey. Turn right off the A382 at Slade Cross and then left at the next junction, to Bullaton Cross. (What3Words Ref. ///alerting.waxes.warms )

3 reservoirs route

The Walk: From the car park, go back to the road and bear left, at the fork keep left and descend to the corner of reservoir. Proceed along the lane which tops the dam, to the point where it bears left between Trenchford and Tottiford reservoirs and turn right along a track to the T junction at ’A’. Turn left along this lane, heading gently uphill for 3/4 mile to a junction where you bear right (Christow). Continue along this lane, ignoring the left turn to Bridford and bearing left at a fork to reach point ‘B’. Take the public footpath to the left, over a stile and left down the field to a fingerpost. Turn right and follow the edge of the field (when wet use the tussocks to bypass standing water) down towards trees and the corner of the field where there is a metal gate. Go through this gate and head round the right edge of this next field, through a kissing gate and around the right edge of the next field to a gate by farm buildings. Go through the gate and bear left along the farm track; at the next gate on the left, follow the public right of way into the field, going uphill initially, then turning right to go across the field to the gate in the lane at ‘C’.

Go left and at where the lane bears left, take the track straight ahead (No Through Road sign), climbing towards woodland, descending past open fields, back into woodland to the T junction at ‘D’. Turn left and then right at the next T junction keeping straight on until a lane is joined via a kissing gate. Go down the lane briefly to the corner of the reservoir at ‘E’, then turn left through a gate at the Tottiford Walk sign. The path goes downhill through the trees to the north end of Tottiford reservoir where turning right will take you over a small bridge. Bear left to follow the edge of the reservoir, but look out for an uphill path leading right, signposted Trenchford and follow this to a kissing gate and the lane at ‘F’. Turn left and almost immediately right, through a gate signed Trenchford reservoir. At the next T junction bear left, following the way marked posts; stay alert for the next post which will direct you right, off the track and down a path which bottoms out at a stream and footbridge. The path bears left and soon passes a footbridge across the end of the reservoir. Follow the path along the side of the reservoir and the fingerpost indicating ‘Trenchford Walk, to Car Park’, the path finally bears right, gently uphill, returning to the start of the walk.

3 Reservoirs map



We stayed overnight at this wonderful old Inn. We were in the “Exe” room which was charming. Beautifully decorated with a large modern bathroom. The owners Paul and Ness were lovely. They were welcoming and very knowledgeable about the history of the building and surrounding area. The bar and other staff were also really welcoming. We had a really enjoyable 2 course lunch for ten pounds each, excellent value and wonderful home cooked food. The breakfast was great too! We will certainly be back!


Great christmas night out at the Cridford Inn. Barney the Chef did us proud 21 of us and everyone said it was fab.Ness and Karen running around after us all making sure we all had enough and keeping an eye on our drinks.The table was looked fab too ....will go back again and again thank you Ness and Paul.


What a great find! A lovely old inn, serving good beer, an unusual but tasty ginger cider and really good home cooked food. Well worth going out of your way to visit this place.


Fantastic family Sunday lunch. We ate here today as two families. The staff were very welcoming and helpful and the food was lovely. Would definitely recommend this place.


Our hosts were very welcoming, helpful and made our 2 night stay more than pleasurable. The food is exceptional and there is a wide choice of beer, wine and spirits. Overall our stay was excellent and the atmosphere in this beamed establishment very relaxing, we will visit again for sure


What a lovely place to go, the new owners are absolutely delightful , Ness and Paul and they cannot do enough for you , the food is great too , I can especially recommend the Turbot absolutely scrummy . I hear they are doing Christmas lunch too if I’d not already paid a deposit elsewhere I’d be booking ! . Well done guys at last The Cridford feels loved and it’s clean too ! .


We had an excellent lunch in this delightful inn, which is packed full of character. Would definitely recommend a visit here. They have an amazing range of spirits and local ales. Although we did not stay overnight, the rooms look very comfortable and well equipped.