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“Nice to walk around”
Review of Burrator Reservoir

Burrator Reservoir
Ranked #3 of 178 things to do in Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Lovely little walk approx. 4 miles. It's an easy road walk or cycle, equally you can ark and walk on te moor.

Thank mrcooljanny
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Neil R, Manager at Burrator Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2013

Thank you for your review.
You are right... Burrator has something for everyone. Whether you want an easy walk around the reservoir, or a bit more of a trek on the moors. There are around 30 miles of footpath to explore.

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Burrator Reservior is situated near Dousland off Yelverton on Dartmoor, it is very easy to get to and you can actually walk all around the reservoir as my daughters have especially on a nice day.If you just want to see it,there are many big rocks on the steepish bank to sit on and just look,we have done this many a time,very peaceful and pretty.well worth a look when travelling to many lovely places on the moors.

Thank JEANDALBY
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Neil R, Manager at Burrator Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2013

Thank you for your review.

I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to Burrator. It's a great place to just sit and look... very peaceful

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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Great place for a nice quiet walk, or for a nice little bike ride. Great views. Easy access to some nice Tor's, and a nice ride up to Prince town.

Thank mlimburn
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Neil R, Manager at Burrator Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2013

Thank you for your review.

Burrator is surrounded by three tors (Sheepstor, leathertor, and Sharpitor) which provides a wonderful backdrop to the reservoir and forest.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

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.

Thank Goldfishrock
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Neil R, Manager at Burrator Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded 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.

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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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Attractive area for walking, exercising dogs, cycling or just enjoying the scenery. Very easy parking and lots of places to start the walk.

Thank 413HIGHBARN
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Neil R, Manager at Burrator Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2013

Thank you for your review. There is nearly 30 miles of footpath to explore around Burrator. They are not all suitable for cycling, but they all have something to offer. We are soon to be improving some of the routes... so keep your eyes peeled.

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