A couple of short walks around Burrator

Now some of you will look at the title and see the photos below and wonder why I haven’t gone way into Dartmoor on a longer walk. Well there was a reason. My eldest had asked me if I would like to go with his class, for a walk on Dartmoor. “You know what you are doing dad”, he said. “Its only from Burrator to Princetown”, he said. Before I knew it, I was signed up as an adult helper. Maybe i should have thought a bit longer, after all this is mid December and will involve around 60 10 and 11 year olds on a double decker bus to get there!!! Well the first part wasn’t an issue, the weather was glorious and the kids were fine, if a little loud singing Christmas songs there and back!! However the walk didn’t turn out as planned. The idea was to have a short walk first, then a break for lunch then a longer walk up to Princetown. Well we got around the short walk, however one of the teachers went over on her ankle, which meant the pickup point of Princetown was no longer an option. We instead opted for a second short walk. To be honest there was disappointment among some of the kids, but the weather kept the spirits up along with a trail that included a search for chocolate! The kids did well overall and nearly 6 miles is a great effort from them.

Start – Burrator Discovery Centre
Route – Burrator Resevoir and Dam – Sheeps Tor –  Burrator Reservoir and Discovery Centre – Devonport LeatCross Gate CrossLeathertor FarmLeather BridgeNorsworthy Bridge – Discovery Centre
Distance –  5.5 miles    Start time – 10am     Time taken –  4hrs      Highest Point – Near to Sheeps Tor summit 340 metres ish
Weather – Glorious

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After a meet up and some instructions we set out on our first short walk in the search of chocolates. Teams of 8 with at least one adult were on a mission. This is taken from the dam looking out across Burrator reservoir

Sheeps Tor across Sheepstor dam

Stood on Sheepstor dam looking at Peek Hill, the reflections are looking good

Along the road and through the trees

I think by this spot we had found 5 chocolates and were heading for number 6. We are on Sheeps Tor at this point looking down to Burrator

Leather Tor looking pointy from this angle, Sharpitor above to the left and Cramber Tor beyond to the right

We are now on the second short walk. The weather is still glorious and I’m now on the other side of Burrator reservoir

That’s a bulky looking Sheeps Tor across the reservoir

Sheeps Tor again from the Devonport leat

After following the leat for a mile we reached Cross Gate Cross, looking beyond that is Burrator

Now we are down at Leathertor Farm for a bit of history

A short hop away is Leather Bridge

And now Norsworthy Bridge

Down Tor is visible behind us as we follow the road back to the Discovery Centre

Sheeps Tor and Burrator reservoir, now looking very still

The Devonport Leat empties into the reservoir via this pipe and waterfall

Glorious sky and reflections to finish as we board the bus back to school


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