Burrator Reservoir from Yelverton (Dartmoor)

The Devon village of Yelverton is the start and end point for this walk that includes a circuit of the Burrator Reservoir. The route includes some typical country lanes of the area and views to some of Dartmoor's Tors.

Technical sheet
No. 293040
A Buckland Monachorum walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 21/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h20[?]
Distance Distance : 13.68km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 179m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 179m
Highest point Highest point : 255m
Lowest point Lowest point : 136m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Dartmoor
Location Location : Buckland Monachorum
Starting point Starting point : N 50.49191° / W 4.0866°
Download : -

Description

(D)Start the walk at the main road of Yelverton (grid ref. SX520678) and walk along Meavy Lane in a south-easterly direction. For much of this stretch there is a pavement on one side of the road or the other but this road is relatively busy with traffic before you leave it to turn left at the next road junction along a much quieter country lane - actually a continuation of Meavy Lane. This lane leads all the way to the village of Meavy where there is a village green, a church and a pub. Follow the road ahead and when a house appears directly ahead, the road goes round to the left in front of it.

(1)This is the point (grid ref. SX543672) where you leave the road and follow a public footpath on the left of the house, across a field and through woodland. The route passes through three wooden gates in quick succession. After the third gate, the path divides at a fork. Take the left hand path uphill through woods. This path leads to a road and a short walk to the right along the road brings you to one of the two dams of the Burrator Reservoir. From the dam, there is a view across the expanse of water, leading the eye to Sheeps Tor on the far horizon.

(2)For this route, follow the road ahead to enable a circuit in a clockwise direction. There are various points on the route where there is an optional digression along paths down to the reservoir since tree cover means it is largely not seen from the road. A waterfall appears on the left but this is artificial - the clue is in the pipe at the top from which the water appears. A little further on a totem pole appears outside a visitors centre where you can learn about the history of the area and see on a map what the region looked like before the reservoir was created.

(3)Of the four tors seen on the walk, Sheeps Tor appears the most inviting for a route extension with a car park and path on the eastern side of the reservoir. Dartmoor ponies may be seen along the route. The road back to the dam leads past mossy dry stone walls and moss-covered trees. At a T junction, bear right and follow the road back to the dam. On the way there is an optional slight digression worth doing where there is a small car parking space on the right for perhaps three cars and a walk along a path leads in fifty metres or so to one of the better views of the walk looking out across the reservoir from the second dam. Once back at the first dam, provided you remember the outgoing route from earlier in the day, you can put your map away. The pub at Meavy is your last possible refreshment stop before returning to Yelverton.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Yelverton main road
1 : km 2.8 - alt. km 2.8 - Leave road and take footpath
2 : km 3.93 - alt. km 3.93 - Continue ahead at dam
3 : km 7.35 - alt. km 7.35 - Route extension to Sheeps Tor
D/A : km 13.68 - alt. km 13.68 - Yelverton main road

Useful Information

This is a pleasant countryside ramble which includes a few gentle up and down slopes particularly on the narrow country lane between Yelverton and Meavy. Four of Dartmoor's tors are seen in the distance from different points on the route - Sheeps Tor, Leather Tor, Sharpitor and Down Tor.

The route is an "out and back" to, and then a circular route around, the reservoir. The "out and back" section adds up to a few miles of road walking but along narrow country lanes with high hedges and bracken and occasional vehicles. Beyond the hedges there are pastoral views of fields, hedgerows, low hills and grazing livestock. The church at Meavy is seen above the hedgerows some time before the village is reached.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Other walks in the area

distance 3.78km Vertical gain +138m Vertical drop -138m Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Peter Tavy - Devon

A circular walk with beautiful views over Dartmoor Tavy Cleave

distance 11.59km Vertical gain +267m Vertical drop -269m Durée 3h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lydford - Devon

The wild open speces of Dartmoor can be appreciated on this walk. The route takes you past a number of rocky tors, visits an area used for peat cutting and follows a section of the Rattlestone Peat Railway. All in all a walk full of interest.

distance 11.45km Vertical gain +422m Vertical drop -420m Durée 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in West Buckfastleigh - Devon

This Dartmoor route uses a section of the Two Moors Way. The route follows paths and tracks although a good sense of direction is needed in what can be an unforgiving landscape. After wet weather, streams may be in spate so care is needed crossing them.

Dartmoor Warren House Inn to Chagford Circular
distance 23.79km Vertical gain +551m Vertical drop -551m Durée 8h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Devon

A circular walk in the east of Dartmoor following roads and paths, including sections of the Two Moors Way. The walk includes a mix of open moorland, footpaths and quiet roads where the farming hinterlands meet the moor. Except for the section north of the road near the Warren House Inn, all the paths are well-trodden and waymarked. There are some steep sections. Apart from the high moors, this walk is fairly sheltered from the prevailing SW winds.

distance 19.74km Vertical gain +605m Vertical drop -606m Durée 7h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Devon

This is a circular walk that combines moorland, streams and woodland on Dartmoor, passing the dramatic Hound Tor and iconic Bowerman's Nose and including opportunities for refreshments at the half waypoint. It is a good length with some steep hills for some hearty exercise and is mainly off-road, taking advantage of well-marked footpaths and tracks. You could start the walk at Lustleigh or Manaton if you prefer, and there are various short-cuts available if you wish to shorten the walk.

distance 16.68km Vertical gain +534m Vertical drop -528m Durée 6h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Belstone - Devon

A demanding Dartmoor walk that requires careful navigation and preferably good weather. The route uses a section of the Tarka Trail, visits some ancient monuments and visits the summits of a number of granite tors.

distance 10.49km Vertical gain +356m Vertical drop -352m Durée 3h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in South Tawton - Devon

A Dartmoor walk that includes the most north-easterly summit in the National Park which offers some fine views especially to the north. The route needs careful navigation at the start and in poor weather you need a good sense of direction and compass skills.

For more walks, use our search engine.

The GPS track and description are the property of the author.