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Burrator Reservoir

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Address: Nr Yelverton, Plymouth PL20 6PE, England
Phone Number: 01822 855700
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Undisturbed Burrator is surrounded by mixed woodland which sharply...

Undisturbed Burrator is surrounded by mixed woodland which sharply contrasts with the open moor and rugged Dartmoor tors. The reservoir is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders due to its wealth of footpaths and bridleways. Many of the trails lead on to Dartmoor so it makes an ideal starting point for longer trips.The circular walk which follows the lanes around the water is ideal for families as it is easy going and flat. It will take between 1.5 - 2 hours to complete and is approximately 3.5 miles. Parking is possible at various locations including the Quarry car park, Norsworthy Bridge and the Dam.Low cost bank fishing for both rainbow and brown trout is available at this scenic water; permits are sold at the garage in Yelverton.Being within Dartmoor National Park we kindly request that you drive and park with consideration to other users and animals.The National Cycle Route 27 runs near to Burrator further information is available on the sustrans websiteIce cream vans visit the dam, Norsworthy Bridge and Sharpitor car park.

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Great for walks and cycling

This a lovely place, great views and not much traffic, takes about an hour to walk around the reservoir. I have walked, run and cycled around here, all have been enjoyable... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This a lovely place, great views and not much traffic, takes about an hour to walk around the reservoir. I have walked, run and cycled around here, all have been enjoyable experiences. Note of caution, if walking (especially with a dog) watch for cyclists, and if cycling watch for dogs on long leads stretched the width of the road. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

In the heart of Dartmoor National Park, Burrator is a fully operational Victorian reservoir. With excellent fishing (rainbow trout) and superb paths it is a great family walk.

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Thank Sebastian A
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A man made lake in Dartmoor . What more to be said. Easy parking for free, easy walking - no big hills, so even those who find walking sometimes difficult can cope quite easily. Good exercise in clean air with beautiful views. Thoroughly recommended for old and young. And there is an ice cream van!

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Truro, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Such a beautiful place to visit. Stunning place to walk, run or cycle and suitable for families, especially on a sunny day!

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had our usual drive and stroll and believe me there is a lot of water around !! Can't see any chance of a hosepipe ban on the horizon. Very pleasant time of year and it does blow the cobwebs off after a very house bound Christmas

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Thank ladlar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a hidden gem on Dartmoor. Excellent walk in amazing surroundings. My advice would be to take the woodland path by the discovery centre and get to the edge of the reservoir. The view is amazing. There are lots of curiosities and plenty of things/art around the woodland area. Dogs are welcome too.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

take your time and park up go for a walk around the reservoir .great views nature and you will talk to each other

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always a pleasure to walk around Burrator Reservoir. Many stay and walk around the road, but climb up onto the moor and explore Sheeps Tor and explore Drakes leat for a more demanding walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Situated on the edge of Dartmoor the reservoir is the perfect place to enjoy a family picnic. There are some lovely walks in the area and it is possible to walk right around the reservoir partly on roads with the option of following the leat along the western side of the lake. It takes a couple of hours to complete... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The delights of Burrator are well known I think, but I'd really like to make a special mention of the Discovery Centre which we visited yesterday. I thought the displays were really excellent and genuinely informative and my 7 year old son loved doing brass rubbing. The centre was warm, welcoming and an unexpected treat (it's new to me -... More 

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