Meldon reservoir sits on open moorland on Dartmoor at an elevation of 274 m (900 ft) above sea level. The banks are steep-sided, but it is possible to descend with care for access to part of the reservoir’s perimeter. Alternatively, walkers can take in a spectacular view across the reservoir from various walks on the moor overlooking the water. There are picnicking tables available in the locality and anglers with a rod licence can fish here for brown trout. It is also a known area for wild swimming.