Devonport Leat, Black Tor and Crazywell Pool

I wasn’t sure what to title this post and walk, its a walk in the area of Burrator but most of it tries to avoid the crowded hotspots around the reservoir itself. In fact if you headed uphill from Leather Tor Bridge you could miss out Norsworthy Bridge and the busy road section at that end of the reservoir altogether. The whole area around here is full of things to see, bridges, leats, crosses, pools, tors, waterfalls, aqueducts, rivers, woods, reservoirs, settlements, stone rows and Uncle Tom Cobbly as well. I looked at the map and thought it wasn’t too long a walk, however getting back I’ve found that it was just over 10 miles and I certainly felt it. Alongside the many sights on this walk is a few more Dartmoor 365 squares ticked off including Black Tor waterfall. This is a spot that I have been very near 2 or 3 times without visiting, however its a lovely little place and in the summer would be really nice. Again a lovely walk and roll on being able to go further afield and start camping again, can’t wait.

Start – Burrator parking

Route – Devonport Leat – Cross Gate cross – Raddick Hill aqueduct – Black Tor falls – Black Tor – Devils Elbow – Hart TorHart Tor stone row – Giants Marble – Cramber TorCramber poolCrazywell PoolCrazywell CrossLeather Tor BridgeNorsworthy BridgeBurrator Reservoir

Distance – 10 miles    Start time – 10.30am    Time taken – 5hrs 15mins Highest Point – Cramber Pool area 440 metres

Weather – Cloudy but dry

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Parking in the car park higher above the Burrator reservoir, near to the B3212. Looking across towards Cox Tor and the Staple Tors to the north. I start out following a road to get to the Devonport Leat
The road gives views down to the reservoir itself
I join the Devonport Leat which I will follow out on to Walkhampton Common
Sheeps Tor is opposite on the other side of the reservoir as the sun briefly shines through
Cross Gate Cross as I join the path which follows the leat
Leather Tor isn’t far away but its not on the agenda today. However if you wanted to you could change this route and head to Cramber Tor first before heading to Black Tor and around to Leather Tor here.
A classic Dartmoor scene, a leat, a small clapper bridge, a forest (or the edge of it at least), a valley and a tor (Black Tor) on the left hand hill ahead. I’m heading for valley down there which is where the leat comes from.
And looking back from further along the leat, more of the forest can be seen with Leather Tor left and Sharpitor right
Raddick Hill and the aqueduct (fenced section) which crosses the River Meavy
Following the valley after the aqueduct I get to a hidden section holding Black Tor falls
Black Tor falls, not very big but in the summer I bet this is a great spot to cool off
Above the falls is Black Tor itself which has great views along the Meavy valley to Sheeps Tor, Leather Tor and Sharpitor (l to r)
There are two main outcrops on Black Tor hears both in this picture
Swell Tor is to my west across Walkhampton Common
This is named the Devils Elbow, the name given to a severe S bend in the road to Princetown. I believe the Devil part was the name of the guy who built the bridge, as it spans part of the infant River Meavy. For me however its the Eau Rouge of the Princetown road, as it resembles perfectly the classic corner at the Spa F1 track
I’m in the dip to the right of the photo above, looking out along the River Meavy
Hart Tor is up next and Cramber Tor is behind, I will be there in a bit
On Hart Tor now, with nice views to Sheeps Tor on the left and Leather Tor centre, Sharpitor right. Over on the far right is part of Leedon Tor behind Black Tor
The cairn circle at Hart Tor stone row, which is a short walk downhill from Hart Tor towards Black Tor, which is up there on the right
Looking back up the stone row, Hart Tor on the left. I’m heading right next and handrailing the Hart Tor brook to a point between Hart Tor and Cramber Tor to find…..
The Giants Marble, its about 10 foot high and sits plumb in a depression between the two tors, with a few other boulders for company
Climbing to Cramber Tor now and looking back down to the Giants Marble. The Princetown mast is back right
Cramber Tor with that view down to Burrator reservoir and its surrounding tors
Cramber Pool, this trig point is just up there on the left
I’ve met the Devonport leat again here, at this point it is meandering its way towards the Raddick Hill aqueduct. that way there are plenty of tors including Down Tor (middle right) and at the back Hen Tor, Langcombe Hill, Gutter Tor and the Trowlesworthy Tors
Crazywell Pool is a bit more substantial than Cramber, with more views to Sheeps, Leather and Sharpitor
Crazywell Cross
Following the main path back to Burrator, but first a couple of bridges
Down Tor, my favourite
Leather Tor and Sharpitor again, can’t get rid of ’em in these parts
Like many of us even the Dartmoor ponies look long haired and grey in lockdown
Leather Tor bridge, the River Meavy underneath
Norsworthy blowing house and the path that came from Leather Tor bridge
Norsworthy Bridge
Rather than following the busy road around Burrator I headed into the wooded section path that runs nearer to the water
Giving views along the reservoir
And across to a bulky looking Sheeps Tor with Down Tor at the far end
Back up to the leat again and nearing the end of the walk
Same photo as the first one and I was feeling the 10 miles at this point, need to get out more, one more week!

6 thoughts on “Devonport Leat, Black Tor and Crazywell Pool

  1. They used to say you could tie all the bell ropes of Walkhampton church together and not reach the bottom of Crazywell Pool. Not true sadly as I remember it more or less drying out during Drought Year 1976.

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  2. Cracking walk that. Just so much interesting stuff, proves you don’t always need to climb mountains for. Truly great walk. I love the leats and the Clapper Bridges


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