|Burrator Reservoir is a beautiful spot set in
Dartmoor National Park close to the villages of Sheepstor and Meavy. It
is surrounded by mixed woodland which sharply contrasts with the open moor
and the rugged Dartmoor tors which overlook it. It is a very popular spot
with many people visiting it to walk or cycle around its 3.5 miles circumference.
It has a wealth of footpaths and bridleways and many of the paths lead onto
the open moor making it a popular starting point for hikers.
The reservoir itself is formed by two dams; the main Burrator Dam is
built across the river Meavy at the Burrator Gorge at the south-west end,
the small Sheepstor Dam is built on a dividing ridge between the Meavy
and Sheepstor Brook at the south-eastern end. The main dam is constructed
of concrete faced with dressed granite and the smaller dam is formed by
an earth embankment with a core wall of puddled clay above the original
ground level and a concrete section below ground. It was completed in
1898, and the reservoir was expanded in 1929 by raising the height of
both dams by 10 feet giving it a maximum capacity of 1,026 million gallons.
The reservoir is fed by the River Meavy, Newleycombe Lake, the Narrator
Brook and the excess water from Devonport Leat (which supplies the Dousland
water treatment works). The reservoir is now managed by the South West