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“Beauitiful Scenery” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Burrator Reservoir

Burrator Reservoir
Nr Yelverton, Plymouth PL20 6PE, England
01822 855700
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Ranked #3 of 93 Attractions in Plymouth
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Owner description: 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.
Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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“Beauitiful Scenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Can be really peaceful or really busy depending on weather and time of day. Great walk around the reservoir.

Visited November 2012
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Neil R, Manager at Burrator Reservoir, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Thank you for your review. Weekdays, mornings, and evenings tend to be the quietest, but it is very beautiful.... even when it is busy!
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“A lovely area of the dartmoor and the country”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

A beautiful area which has many different walks for many different abilitys. There's no activitys on the reservoir itself (maybe fishing but im not sure if there's regulations on that or not) but there is a variety of walks from walking along the road (roughly 3 miles) which is also suitable for bikes and perfect for prams. There are also options to go up onto the moors and the leat and do the various routes including any or all of these which make the for even better views. You can make your trips to here as long or as short as you want and you can include the pub in the near by village of meavy which is really nice.

Visited September 2012
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Neil R, Manager at Burrator Reservoir, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Thank you for your review. There is fly fishing for Rainbow and Brown Trout on the reservoir, that is open between March and October. You would need an Environment Agency rod licence, and a day permit (available from the garage in Yelverton). There are also lots of other fun and interesting activities going on... check our website for details
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“beauty and peace”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

This reservoir has a road going all the way around it, but don't let that put you off! There are not many cars, but it is well used by cyclists, walkers and joggers. Most people can walk around it in 1-2 hours on the road, or there are other options. Opposite the Lodge, there is a stile leading into the woods that surround the reservoir - follow that round to the left for a walk up to the far end of the reservoir. When you come out onto the road again, go right to a little road bridge, then straight ahead up a track for about 30 yards. Take the left fork as far as an old packhorse bridge. Go over the bridge and follow that track uphill until it meets a leat. Turn left and follow the leat until it disappears underground. Continue on a wide track (dismantled railway), then turn left at the next junction to return to the Lodge.

From the road bridge that you crossed earlier (at the far end of the reservoir), there are other tracks that you can follow up onto the open moor, or you can continue around the reservoir on the road until you see a stile on the right, where you can go in closer to the water again until you get back towards the dam wall.

There is a toilet available at the Lodge, but no other facilities apart from an occasional ice-cream van, but there is a good pub serving food at nearby Dousland.

Visited October 2012
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Neil R, Manager at Burrator Reservoir, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Thank you for your review. When the leat goes underground, it goes through a pipe that creates the lovely waterfall next to the road near Burrator Lodge. It is excess water, but it finds it's way into the reservoir under the road.
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“BURRATOR RESERVOIR”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

If you visit Dartmoor stop off at BURRATOR. Have a walk - eat an ice cream - talk to the sheep - then head off to either The Royal Oak or the Burrator Inn or one of the many splendid Inns in the area.

Visited September 2012
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Neil R, Manager at Burrator Reservoir, responded to this review, November 19, 2012
Thank you for your review. I can't agree more. This part of Dartmoor has so much to offer.
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“Good morning's walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Wonderful 3+mile walk round the waters edge.
Very disappointed that on my second trip The Plymouth Water Company had seen fit to request dogs on leads and to be kept out of the water. WHY??? No livestock within the fenced area, but presumably wildfowl and fish happy to polute the water?
Also had to climb a 5 bar gate at the western end to escape and lift a 50lb dog over. Why were the gates locked?

Visited October 2012
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Neil R, Manager at Burrator Reservoir, responded to this review, November 19, 2012
Thank you for your review. I'm glad you had a good walk around the reservoir. Part of our management agreement with the landlords of Burrator insists that dogs are kept out of the water. We are trying to make the reservoir an enjoyable place for all...and appreciate that fishermen, and families may not want dogs bounding up to them... hence the "dogs on leads" rule. There is still plenty of Burrator where you can let your dog off the lead, as long as they are kept under control.

The gate you are referring to is locked to protect a drinking water operational area. There is much easier access over the stile just before Norsworthy Bridge.

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