Monthly Archives: August 2015

Burrator Reservoir – Dartmoor Walks

Continuing my gentle introduction to Dartmoor I took a trip to Burrator Dam and Reservoir near Yelverton, Devon. The weatherman promised sunshine and that’s what I was greeted with as I parked for free at the side of the road, near the dam itself.

Having lived near the South Downs in Sussex for several years I was unsure what to expect from a dam and reservoir; seems a silly thing to type but most of the reservoirs in the South East are man-made giant ponds. Burrator Reservoir was completed in 1898 and the reservoir was expanded in 1929. The structure is concrete faced with granite blocks, very impressive up close.

Burrator Dam

Burrator Reservoir promised from online searches a flat walk around a large lake, perfect for the puppy (though at 6 months old he’s now more dog).

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Hookney Tor – Dartmoor Walks

I wanted to walk a short distance but take in a spectacular view of Dartmoor from a tor. I had driven from Postbridge to Moretonhampstead before and knew of lanes that turned south towards Widecombe-in-the-Moor.


With the sun low in the sky as it was late afternoon in August I set off to find a vantage point to stretch my legs and as always take photos and video.

Hookney Tor and Grimspound

Driving along east of Postbridge I spotted a side turning on my right that lead eventually to Widecombe-in-the-Moor, a destination on my way home. Dartmoor has a mixture of public car parks in the larger villages and popular tourist locations as well as smaller cut-outs along the edge of many roads.

I was fortunate to find a small parking spot close to Hookeny Tor which overlooks Grimspound,

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Avon Dam Reservoir – Dartmoor Devon

You may have noticed a change in scenery if you follow me on various social media platforms, yes myself and my Border Collie ‘Dave’ have moved for a while to Devon.

Welcome to Dartmoor Devon

I’ve visited Dartmoor on several occasions over the years but just like the South Downs National Park, I had never walked very far off-road. So this walk to Avon Dam Reservoir was a key moment in this change of life for me.

The most important things to consider when walking Dartmoor are the topography and climate, the moors will kill you as much as amaze you.

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