4 of 5 (6 votes)

Burrator Reservoir from Yelverton

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Dartmoor in Devon, England, about 18.70km (11.62 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 377m (1236ft)
Descent 383m (1256ft)
Max. Elevation 460m (1509ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 760m (2492ft)
Start & End
Distance 18.70km
Duration ~6:30h
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 11 Jul 2014
This is a splendid walk in southwest Dartmoor. There's a bit of a trudge along the road to start and finish, but they are country lanes rather than open highways. Take care though; the high hedges in Devon mean cars won't always see you. The bulk of the walk is on the open moor, however, touring around Burrator Reservoir. Yelverton has good bus connections.

Walk Functions


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Take the bus to Yelverton, a stop on the regular Plymouth-Tavistock route.
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Head southeast out of town to Meavy Lane. Bit of a road walk to start with. Sorry about that.
About 0.60 km (~0.37 miles) from
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Follow the road uphill to Meavy. Continue past the church to a T-junction and directly opposite is a footpath.
About 1.69 km (~1.05 miles) from
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The path weaves through the woodland to the edge of the reservoir.
About 1.22 km (~0.76 miles) from
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Follow the road around the reservoir and then through Sheepstor.
About 0.81 km (~0.5 miles) from
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First good view of the day from Sheeps Tor over the reservoir.
About 0.94 km (~0.58 miles) from
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Veer southeast from the summit towards Ditsworthy Warren. There is a track crossing this region, and follow this to the cairn to the northwest.
About 2.32 km (~1.44 miles) from
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At the cairn, leave the path and head north along the high ground to circle around the reservoir.
About 1.35 km (~0.84 miles) from
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Head downhill across the moor to Downs Tor, towards the reservoir once more.
About 2.06 km (~1.28 miles) from
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Pick up the road once more. Just beyond the bend is a footpath on the right-hand side which avoids trudging along the road.
About 1.34 km (~0.83 miles) from
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The path heads through the forest and then onto a road.
About 1.47 km (~0.91 miles) from
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At the car park pick up the path heading south, back towards Meavy.
About 0.55 km (~0.34 miles) from
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Return to Meavy. There's a pub here if you need refreshing: www.royaloakinn.org.uk
About 1.83 km (~1.14 miles) from
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Retrace your steps along the road back to Yelverton. There are pubs here too.
About 1.81 km (~1.12 miles) from

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