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Lakes & Facilities Burrator

PLEASE NOTE: The Burrator Quarry car park is currently closed for essential improvement works. More information can be found here.


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 open explaining the history of the Burrator catchment and reservoir.


Discovery Centre Opening Times: 

Weekdays 10.00am - 4.00pm
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

PLEASE NOTE: The Discovery Centre will be closed on Wednesday 25 January. Sorry for any inconvenience caused


Weekends 10.00am - 4.00pm

Sunday 15th January

Saturday 21st January

Sunday 29th January

Saturday 4th February

Sunday 12th February

Saturday 18th February

Sunday 26th February

Saturday 4th March

Sunday 12th March

Sunday 19th March

Saturday 25th March

Our opening times are dependent on our wonderful volunteers.
If you would like to know more about volunteering at Burrator, 
please call 01822 855700 or e-mail:


Group Visits

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



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 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 a series of themed self-guided walk leaflets: Rails Across the Moor, the Old Farms Walk and the Tinners Trail, available from the Burrator Discovery Centre and cost 50p each.


Trout Fishing

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



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.

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


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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