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Lakes & Facilities Burrator

Undisturbed Burrator is surrounded by mixed woodland which sharply contrasts with the open moor and rugged Dartmoor tors.


The reservoir is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders due to its wealth of footpaths and bridleways. Many of the trails lead on to Dartmoor so it makes an ideal starting point for longer trips.


The Burrator Discovery Centre is now open explaining the history of the Burrator catchment and reservoir.


Discovery Centre Opening Times:

Sunday 22 November - Open 11am-7pm
Monday 23 November - Closed
Tuesday 24 November - Open 10am-4pm
Wednesday 25 November - Open 10am-4pm
Thursday 26 November - Open 10am-4pm
Friday 27 November - Closed
Saturday 28 November - Open 10am-4pm
Sunday 29 November - Closed

If you would like to arrange a group visit to the centre please contact Emily on 01822 855700 or


The circular walk which follows the lanes around the water is ideal for families as it is easy going and flat. It will take between 1.5 - 2 hours to complete and is approximately 3.5 miles. Parking is possible at various locations including the Quarry car park, Norsworthy Bridge and the Dam and the Arboretum car park.

If you are looking for an enjoyable, easy-going walk why not try the inner reservoir footpath which follows the edge of the reservoir. It's mainly wooded and you'll catch glimpses of the water as it glitters in the sunlight. You can start this 3.5 mile circular by parking at any of the main car parks at the Quarry, Norsworthy Bridge, or the Arboretum. Download a Burrator Site Leaflet or pick up one from the Burrator Discovery Centre.

To learn more about the heritage of the area as you walk, we have just completed our first two self-guided walk leaflets: The old farms walk and the Tinners Trail. Both are available from the Burrator Discovery Centre and cost 50p each.


Low cost bank fishing for both Rainbow and Brown Trout is available at this scenic water. permits are sold from our self-service permit room in the car park of the Burrator Discovery Centre.

Being within Dartmoor National Park we kindly request that you drive and park with consideration to other users and animals.


The National Cycle Route 27 runs near to Burrator further information is available at


Parking is possible at various locations including the Quarry car park, Norsworthy Bridge car park and the Arboretum car park.


Ice cream vans visit the main Dam and Norsworthy Bridge car park.


For further information

Telephone: 01822 855700

Burrator Reservoir, near Yelverton, Devon
map ref : LR202 555685
Postcode - PL20 6PE

  • ice cream
  • picnic area
  • toilets
  • trout fishing
  • woodland walk footpath

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