A Walk around Burrator Reservoir – just over 4 miles, a fairly easy walk


By Jolly Janner – Own work | Public Domain Wikimedia

When we lived in Plymouth, one of my favourite places to go was to go for a walk around Burrator Reservoir. I could guarantee a brisk walk, and an abundance of fresh moor air to blow the cobwebs away. If I didn’t have time for the whole circular walk, I just parked up, stretched my legs and had a wander around. I am sure you will enjoy the views by the dam. They are a real treat and will be sure to lighten your spirits.

Park up at one of the free car park along the road by Burrator Dam. There are public toilets, which can be a great asset. If the weather is right, you will even be able to enjoy an ice-cream from one of the local vendors. Once you have parked up it is a really straight forward walk.  There are some beautiful views, and you really do get the feeling of peace and quiet.

You will need to scramble over some rocky parts if you want to reach the base of the dam. Depending on what time of year you visit, you can walk around almost all of the lake. Dogs have to be kept on a lead though in case they upset the anglers who regularly fish along the lake shores. Either side of the lake you will see some magnificent tors. If you fancy a scramble up, you will be rewarded by the beautiful views all around you.

If you follow all around the perimeter of the dam, to the weir head on the northern side, you will find it quieter. Not as many people venture over to this side, preferring the sunnier southern side. But whether you manage the whole of the circular walk, or just a small part of it, make sure you take the time to enjoy the peace and tranquility.

I hope you throughly enjoy this walk, please let me know how you get on. Tell me what you think by posting your comments below. Why don’t you Share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon or follow us on Twitter?

Carole LangmanAbout the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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