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“Free fresh air & multiple opportunities to buy ice cream. ;)”
Review of Burrator Reservoir

Burrator Reservoir
Ranked #3 of 171 things to do in Plymouth
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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 March 30, 2013

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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Neil R, Manager at Burrator Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2013

Thank you for your review. The ring road is great for those less able, or with wheelchairs and pushchairs etc. It's approximately 3.5 miles all the way around.

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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Great choice of walks, see the Devonport leat, go up the Tors, or walk flat around the resevoir.
Fantastic when its dry & pretty good when wet

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Neil R, Manager at Burrator Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2013

Thank you for your review. There are nearly 30 miles of footpaths to explore around Burrator. It's a great place to explore come rain or shine.

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

A place where all nature lovers should visit!

You get to see lots of horses, pony, cattle, sheeps and their Dungs!
You will get to see more than just the Burrator Dam! Hike up to the peak of Sheeptor. You will be able to see the the surrounding on top of the Peak! if you heading to Burrator Reservoir, it is a waste for not hiking up! Remember to secure the gate lock whenever you access the gates to prevent the poor cattle from running out of their homeland.

Hiking up to the peak of Sheeptor takes about 30minutes. (Note that this is an enjoyable climb which one should not MISS it at all cost!)

My Advice for Travelers:
1. rent a Car and park at the provided free car park area.
2. pack your own snacks for the trail
3. Winter and Spring period would be awesomely cold, below 1Degree Celsius.
4. Sadly there are no proper latrine/restroom within the reservoir area and the full walk will take roughly 2 hours to complete just the loop. (Visit the restroom before heading over)
5. To access the Reservoir via Bike/Walk, you could only access via the main road which is definitely hazardous for both riders and walkers. (There is only one main bike shop in Yelverton but the bike condition is ridiculous, thus, please rent a Car instead!)
6. About an hour walk from Yelverton Roundabout to Burrator Reservoir.
With car, is easier for you to drive down to Burrator Inn to use their facilities, but bear in mind that they have a Donation box there, as highlighted by the owner i supposed, she said:"Please donate some money to the Charity box as the Restrooms' facilities are not free of charge, your donation is sincerely appreciated!"
7. It takes about half a day to cover the whole reservoir via cycle/car. Via Walking it will take you about one full day to walk around and stopover at various scenic area for photo-taking.
8. Couples, ideally ask another group of couple to tag along or another friend to help you with photo-taking!

If you would like to cycle down, Head to TAVISTOCK, there are better bike hires from there, you could take National Cycle Route 27 to Yelverton and take the main car route up to Princetown Road and turn into Dousland Road and when you see Burrator Inn and watch out for the signboard showing Burrator Reservoir. Turn right into the minor road towards Burrator Reservoir. (Note: It will be serious uphill route from Tavistock to Yelverton through the N27 route.)
Never HIRE the bike from the local cornershop!

I traveled from Plymouth to Yelverton via First Group bus service 83 from Plymouth Railway station, alternatively, you could take bus 84,86 from City Centre (Drake Circus Starbucks Entrance bus stop at [Charles Street C1])

Some History about this Reservoir from the locals while walking around the reservoir and conquering the 'SheepTor'.
An Old City was Buried under the Reservoir! Upon drought, you may get lucky to see the city which has be there since centuries ago! There are other ruined old building which signifies a lot on the history of the site.

Thank cYsheng
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Neil R, Manager at Burrator Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2013

Thank you for your review. There are public toilets (open year round) at Burrator Lodge. This is the large Granite house that sits next to the main ring road. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip.

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Burrator is up on the moors and as such changes with the weather and the seasons. All are worth a visit, yes even when its freezing the scenery is spectacular.

Thank RonA_Plymouth
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Neil R, Manager at Burrator Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2013

Thank you for your review. Yes... Burrator is spectacular, when its freezing. So much water... it turns into a sparkling winter wonderland.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

As a family we visit Burrator Reservoir regularly. Dog walks/runs set you up for a great day!
...the yearly Boxing Day Turkey Trot is a great morning out! The views are stunning- and include hidden gems (Longstone Manor remains/Dartmoor ponies/ sheep and ducks!). All in all- one of the best locations in Devon.

Thank apopps
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Neil R, Manager at Burrator Reservoir, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2013

Thank you for your review. There is certainly something for everyone at the reservoir. We will be carrying out some consolidation work to Longstone manor in the next year. The aim is to preserve it even longer for people to enjoy.

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