Lopwell Dam Nature Reserve

The beautiful River Tavy, which passes just behind The Bedford Hotel and gives its name to the town of Tavistock, rises high on Dartmoor and eventually joins the majestic River Tamar which meets the sea at Plymouth Sound.

The highest tidal point of the River Tavy is marked by Lopwell Dam, which is well worth a visit when you stay with us at The Bedford Hotel.

The dam itself is an impressive feat of engineering, where the cascading water combines with beautiful wooded riverbanks to create a stunning backdrop and a delightful spot for bird-watching or walking.

Also at Lopwell Dam you will find a designated Local Nature Reserve which covers an area of some 5 hectares, with a variety of natural habitats including a wildflower meadow, mudflats, woodland and a freshwater marsh.

During the busier months, the Old Pumphouse cafe and visitor centre are open, and the whole Lopwell Dam site is managed by the South West Lakes Trust who provide plenty of information signs to help you make the most of your visit. There is ample free parking.

Don’t be tempted to drive across the tidal ford across the River Tavy just below Lopwell Dam.  It’s not suitable for cars, and there’s no through road on the other side!

Lopwell Dam is 7 miles from The Bedford Hotel, near the village of Milton Combe. The postcode for your SatNav is PL6 7BZ.

Lopwell Dam walking map

More information:

Download Lopwell Nature Reserve Walks Leaflet

South West Lakes Trust

Lopwell Dam nature reserve
Swan on the River Tavy at Lopwell Dam
Lopwell Dam