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“Lovely Area out on the Moors”
Review of Burrator Reservoir

Burrator Reservoir
Ranked #3 of 171 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.
Houston, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
41 attraction reviews
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“Lovely Area out on the Moors”
Reviewed June 12, 2014

While coming back from a lunch out on the Moors, we stopped here just to relax. We walked along the reservoir, and it was a perfect view. The water was high [the marker was just below 218'] and the water was calm. We must have been there at a perfect time, everything was so green, the sky was a brilliant blue and the clouds were perfectly reflected on the water.

We decided not to walk around the trails, but we drove the loop and found a very nice waterfall. It was so peaceful being near the running water. It was beautiful, we all had to stop and take pictures! The area seemed very popular for walkers and joggers, we saw lots of people partaking in those activities.

Unless you're planning on going for a walk, or jogging, there isn't much to see. However, don't let it deter you from visiting. It is a very pretty area, and a nice place to relax and do some reading.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful hidden bluebell woods”
Reviewed June 7, 2014

Burrrator Reservoir looks amazing from a distance - more like Swiss scenery then English, with the tors, pine trees, and water of the reservoir glinting in the sunshine. Sadly you can't get close to it very easily because of the trees. But take a little road round it and stop by the moss covered trees and little car park. A beautiful spot with a stone bridge, then look a little harder and there is a stile over the fence that allows you to follow the stream towards the reservoir. Full of bluebells in May and very enchanting. Ferns, moss, trees, bluebells and peace and quiet. We loved it!

Visited May 2014
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Moreton-in-Marsh, United Kingdom
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“Just lovely ..”
Reviewed June 2, 2014

A charming feature of the area - we had a simple drive round, but would have loved more time - and bicycles, maybe ! If you're there, be sure to take some side roads (narrow lanes, but so worth seeing). There are quaint small villages, scenic tors, and excellent views from the south, a 'high' route, and worth the trouble.

Visited June 2014
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Great walk”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Family friendly walking area, opportunity for pic nic. Easy cycle route for all family. Beautiful reservoir and access to Sheeps tor for family adventure or relax and watch the birds. Great views over the moor from the craggy top.

Visited May 2014
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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“Not bad”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Nice place if you like to take pictures like me. Popular with walkers and cyclist. Better places close by though.

Visited May 2014
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