2.6 of 5 (18 votes)

The Devonport Leat - a short walk from Princetown

A moderate walk (moorland) in national park Dartmoor in Devon, England, about 11.00km (6.84 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 125m (410ft)
Descent 125m (410ft)
Max. Elevation 440m (1443ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 250m (820ft)
Start & End
Distance 11.00km
Duration ~3:30h
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 29 Oct 2010
Princetown is the perfect place from which to explore the middle reaches of Dartmoor. This walk gives you a taste of the moor's working history, passing old tin mines and following, for a section, the Devenport Leat. Leats are aqueducts dug to provide water, often for mining. This one was built in the 1790s to carry drinking water from the moor to the docks at Devonport.

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From the town centre, head along the road to Two Bridges. Just as you leave the town, pick up the Dartmoor Way heading east.
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At Bullpark, take the bridleway heading south across the access land of the moor.
About 1.20 km (~0.75 miles) from
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Follow the route to Whiteworks, an interesting spot with plenty of old tin mine workings.
About 2.51 km (~1.56 miles) from
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Just nearby is Peat Cot, a small hamlet hidden away in the moor. There is a small chapel here too.
About 0.89 km (~0.55 miles) from
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From Peat Cot, follow the bridleway down to Drivage Bottom. Here you can see the Devenport Leat emerge from the tunnel through the moor. Follow the leat heading west around the hillside.
About 1.14 km (~0.71 miles) from
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More interesting artefacts at Black Tor as well as two waterfalls - Raddick Hill falls, which are on the leat, and Black Tor falls a little higher up, on the River Meary.
About 2.59 km (~1.61 miles) from
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Follow the River Meary back up towards Princetown, crossing Walkhampton Common.
About 1.55 km (~0.96 miles) from
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Finish back in Princetown, and the bus home.
About 0.88 km (~0.55 miles) from

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