I've been lucky enough to have lived in this area of the world for most of my life and in that time have visited to Burrator more times than I can remember.
Burrator sits hidden away in the south of Dartmoor National Park and was constructed in 1898 to supply drinking water to Plymouth. The perimeter road runs for four miles around the entire reservoir and you have access to the water’s edge for most of that. There is a small area at the north end which is out of bounds, however apart from that South West Water and Dartmoor National Park have made a fantastic job of making the rest of it very accessible with a variety of gates and styles at regular intervals around the parameter road. The road is relatively flat and makes for an easy four mile cycling circuit.
If you visit the ‘peninsula’ on the east side, you’ll find the ruins of Longstone Manor (they actually flooded an entire village when they built it). You can walk thorough the woods out to the tip and waters edge for some stunning views of the reservoir from several angles. In the summer, you may be lucky enough to see Adders basking on the old mill-stones at the old Manor.
Swimming and boating are not allowed at Burrator however you can fish as long as you hold an Environmental Agency Rod License and you will also need to purchase a ‘Day Ticket’ from the petrol station in nearby Yelverton. The reservoir is stocked with Rainbow trout as well as natural Brown Trout. At present you can only fish with fly and spinning (although this is restricted to a few small areas). Bait fishing is not permitted at all and is tightly enforced by ever present rangers and local anglers.
If walking is your thing then Burrator offers literally hundreds of walks, whether it’s around the water’s edge or as a starting point for one of the surrounding Tors. Nearly all of the surrounding land is accessible from the perimeter road with a few small exceptions.
This is one of the most beautiful places on Dartmoor and I would even be as bold as to say, in Devon. Very busy at weekends but less so during the week.
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February 6, 2013
Thank you so much for such a lovely review. It's great to hear that you've lived in the area for a long time... and still enjoy Burrator so much.
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South West Lakes Trust has managed the site on behalf of South West Water since 2000, but we are still working hard alongside Dartmoor National Park to deliver good access across the site.
Although there are lots of rumours... i'm afriad there was no village flooded when they built the reservoir. It was all farmland that was flooded, and the only structure underwater is the old bridge over the river.
The fishing is now very popular at Burrator, but i'm afraid it is fly fishing only and we don't allow spinning. There will be a couple of fishing boats for hire next season if you are a member of the Burrator fly fishers club.
I agree... It's one of the most beautiful places in Devon!
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