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 )
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.