There can't be many citizens of nearby Plymouth who HAVEN'T at one point or another been dragged, driven or walked around and about Burrator. Parking is ad hoc & you'll need sensible-ish footwear but the paths are tarmac'd so it's buggy/wheelchair friendly. Lazy-day visitors can lounge around near the dam itself or clamber up the nearby banks for a mini picnic, more intrepid dog-walkers & hardcore strollers can walk around the whole dam (about 2hrs at a reasonable pace).
About 1m around the back of the dam (on the main road) is a parking spot on the Meavy stream. Excellent for the kids to run & clamber, or take a pretty easy hike up the adjacent Down Tor - stout shoes are sufficient, no need for specialist kit.
If you don't eat a cornet at each of the ice-cream vans you'll encounter en-route, you're doing it wrong. ;)
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