Burrator Reservoir

Burrator ReservoirBurrator Reservoir on Dartmoor is a great place for a walk. It's also perfect for the whole family, as the circuit is nice and flat. At the time of this walk, the reservoir levels were way down - so we could actually walk through a section of it.

Here's a nice, easy walk which the whole family can enjoy.

There are no arduous bits (unless you choose to go on a diversion up one of the nearby tors), and there are plenty of places to stop for a picnic.

Burrator Bridge: Burrator BridgeTo walk all the way around Burrator Reservoir, you'll need to give yourself two hours - the distance is around 3.5 miles.

There are plenty of places to park up - we parked at the western end of the reservoir where the Dam is, and set off eastwards, on the northern banks of the lake.

You have a choice virtually all the way around.

You can walk along the narrow, country lanes, where you will encounter some traffic - although it's generally slow moving and there's room to let the cars pass.

You'll also come across cyclists and horse riders.

Or, if you want to get off the road, there are entrances to the plantation on the banks of the reservoir, and you can walk through the trees.

However, make sure you don't go the wrong way, and look out for the boggy bits!

This is a beautiful part of Dartmoor, and you'll want to take your camera.

As well as the picturesque reservoir, there's Sheepstor, Leather Tor, fast flowing streams and lovely granite bridges.

It may not be for those who prefer a more challenging trek, but it makes for a perfect Sunday stroll...and it can be rounded off with a Sunday lunch at the nearby Burrator Inn in Yelverton!

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