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“Great circular walk/cycle” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Burrator Reservoir

Burrator Reservoir
Nr Yelverton, Plymouth PL20 6PE, England
01822 855700
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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, United Kingdom
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“Great circular walk/cycle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

This is a beautiful walk around the reservoir. Waterfalls, bridges and the pretty Dartmoor village of Sheepstor as well as the dam itself. It is popular with families but there are cars on the road as well as pedestrians and cyclists so take care with children. Go all the way round - or just as far as you choose. There is also the option to follow the leat, away from traffic. There are usually ice-cream vans in all but the worst weather, although not much else in the way of catering.

Visited December 2012
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Neil R, Manager at Burrator Reservoir, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thanks for your review. Yes... please take care, especially with children or dogs as the road can get quite busy. There is also plenty of off road walking (nearly 30 miles of footpath) away from the traffic.
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“Nature at its best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Want a day out, taking in the local atmosphere, public houses and the walks around the lake, then Burrator on Dartmoor is a place to visit.

Visited April 2012
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Neil R, Manager at Burrator Reservoir, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thanks for your review. Burrator really is great for a stroll over the christmas period. A walk round the reservoir should just about work off the christmas dinner.
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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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