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Clatworty Reservoir

LOCALITY: Taunton, Somerset
DISTANCE: 5 miles (8.05 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs, Toilets

GRADIENT: Quite steep in places
TERRAIN: Extreme
OS MAP: Taunton & Blackdown Hills

Walk description:

Clatworthy reservoir is situated in the Brendon Hills on the edge of the Exmoor National Park in west Somerset. It provides a picturesque setting for walking.

Clatworthy reservoir offers the chance to stroll at leisure around the entire reservoir, which has a perimeter of five miles. There is ample parking and public toilets at the viewing area, which is signposted from Wiveliscombe.

The walk starts from the viewing area. You need to allow 2 to 3 hours to complete this walk. The car park is open throughout the year, but is locked at sunset.

Clatworthy reservoir has a range of habitats including acid grassland, broadleaf woodlands and scrub leading to marshy areas around the inlet streams. Clatworthy wood is mainly beech with sessile oaks, silver birch and rowan. The site is home to a range of passage and woodland birds as well as geese, grebes and swans. Red deer, roe deer and badgers can also be seen in the woods.

This is what I would call on extreme walk due to:
� Having to go down or up one flight of steps, depending which way you start the walk.
� Walk through longist grass in places.
� Having to lift the buggy over two gate if you don�t collapses the buggy as the kissing gates are too narrow.
� Go across a narrow wooden bridge next to a cattle grid. This is wide enough for a basic buggy.
� To push the buggy around a tree, to get to a bridge that goes across the water. This bridge is wide enough for a basic buggy. To get off the bridge there are three steps. The short bit of terrain to get on to the bridge, is narrow and uneven due to tree roots.
� Go up some steep slope.

However if you can manage to do all of the above this is a lovely walk through woodland, and countryside around the reservoir. I did it with a basic buggy with a toddler in it. I recommend that you do the walk with some one else as I did find it a little isolated. Also to lift the buggy over the gate my grand daughter had to get out of the buggy, as I had no one to pass it to.


Additional notes:

This walk would be better suited to a narrow all terrain buggy. Also it is advisable to wear boots as it can be muddy in places.


21/08/2008 | Walk posted by cathy nettley

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