One of my favourite places near Plymouth is a 4 mile circular walk around Burrator Reservoir. I can guarantee a brisk walk, and an abundance of fresh moor air to blow the cobwebs away. If I don’t have time for the whole walk, I just park up, stretch my legs and had a wander around. I am sure you will enjoy the views by the dam. They are a real treat and will be sure to lighten your spirits.
Park up at one of the free car park along the road by Burrator Dam. There are public toilets, which can be a great asset. If the weather is right, you will even be able to enjoy an ice-cream from one of the local vendors. Once you have parked up it is a really straight forward walk. There are some beautiful views, and you really do get the feeling of peace and quiet.
You will need to scramble over some rocky parts if you want to reach the base of the dam. Depending on what time of year you visit, you can walk around almost all of the lake. Dogs have to be kept on a lead though in case they upset the anglers who regularly fish along the lake shores. Either side of the lake you will see some magnificent tors. If you fancy a scramble up, you will be rewarded by the beautiful views all around you.
Peace & Tranquility
If you follow all around the perimeter of the dam, to the weir head on the northern side, you will find it quieter. Not as many people venture over to this side, preferring the sunnier southern side. But whether you manage the whole of the circular walk, or just a small part of it, make sure you take the time to enjoy the peace and tranquility.