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Burrator Quarry CP - Devonport Leat - Leather Tor - Sharpitor Walk

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A century ago the Burrator region was a thriving moorland farming community. The water supply to Three Towns now collectively known as Plymouth were via the Plymouth and the Devonport leats. Burrator Reservoir was opened in  1898. In the years following the building of the reservoir farms in the immediate vicinity were closed down to minimise the chances of the drinking water being fouled by farm run off. A lot of the farmland in the vicinity was then turned into forest plantations with the planting of  thousands of trees. Many visitors now comment that the views are reminiscent of the views looking down onto Scottish lakes with their heavy forestation.

If you want to read more about Dartmoor, how  the landscape evolved and Burrator in particular then 
visit http://www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk/dnp/factfile/burrator.pdf 
where there is an excellent on-line book available, thanks to Dartmoor National Park and the author Peter Keene.

Burrator Reservoir is the main water supply for Plymouth. The reservoir and the surrounding wooded areas is now very popular with locals and tourists alike with many woodland and moorland paths to follow.  The Devonport Leat still remains but now supplies water from the high moors into the reservoir and is piped onto to the Dousland Water Treatment works. 

This walk offers spectacular views, both  of the Reservoir and a close up view of the Devonport leat for  two miles of its active flow from the moors and along through the plantations to the north of Burrator.

To the north, east and south of the reservoir, there are some imposing Tors and the walk leads walkers up to the Tors on the northern side, along relatively easy to follow tracks with only one short steep uphill section of note.

The views from the Tors are marvellous. The return back from the final tor visited, Lowery Tor is fairly gentle,  since there is a relatively little used permissive path which leads down through the woods and then the final section across moorland down.

At the end of the walk it is well worth a stroll right down to the Dam itself, just a couple of hundred metres from car park where there are toilets and sometimes an ice cream van.

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The Templar Way: Part 1
New Bridge - Mel Tor - Aish Tor - Leigh Tor - New Bridge
Two Bridges - Beardown - Crow Tor - Postbridge
Princetown - Swincombe Rocks - Abbot's Way
Burrator Reservoir - Sheepstor - Leather Tor Bridge
Burrator Quarry CP - Devonport Leat - Leather Tor - Sharpitor
Meavy - Callisham Tor - Wigford Down - Ringmoor Down
Blackaton Cross - Penn Beacon - Shell Top - The Big Pond
Ivybridge Viaduct - Pit Hill Farm - Hall Farm - Henlake Down
Loddiswell Station - Topsham Bridge - Woolston Farm Circuit
Cotehele Quay - River Tamar - Calstock - Metherell
Ringmore Round
Cawsand - Penlee Point - Rame Head - Polhawn - Whitsand Bay - Cawsand
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