Surrounded by open moorland, Meldon is a breathtaking reservoir lake 900 feet above sea level teeming with native wildlife. After the vast wilderness of the moor this is the perfect place to settle for lunch or stroll around the reservoir.
Black-a-Tor Copse is one of the best examples of high altitude oak woodland in Britain, the lichens and mosses that drape the trees are nationally important as well. Situated on Dartmoor this is no average wood; granite clitter (rocks) is scattered in clearings and the wood is surrounded by moorland heath. This is a great place to come for moorland birds, twenty breeding species have been recorded at the reserve including the ring ouzel and redstart.
Meldon Viaduct was built in 1874 and spans 165 metres over the remains of mineral mines. The impressive views from the viaduct span across to Meldon Dam and reservoir to the south west. Down the valley is Meldon Pool – the old limestone mine that still has 2 lime kilns. Whether industrial history or natural beauty inspire you, you won’t be disappointed.