GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Devonport Leat

5 miles (8.2 km)

This nice waterside walk visits Devonport Leat on Dartmoor. The route runs from near Burrator Reservoir to the aqueduct over the River Meavy just to the north. The leat was constructed in the 1790s to carry fresh drinking water from the high ground ofDartmoorto the expanding dockyards at Plymouth Dock. You can can now follow nice footpaths along the water in the Princetown area of Dartmoor.
Start the walk from the car park at Lowery Cross, just to the west of the reservoir. From here you head north east along the leat, passing through the woodland just north of Burrator. Eventually you will come to the River Meavy Aqueduct on Walkhampton Common. This walk returns on the same paths but you could extend your outing by following the path along the eastern side of Burrator Reservoir. Here you can also enjoy a climb up to Sheepstor for fine views over the area.
You can visit the other end of the leat around Wistman's Wood where it begins. There's a footpaths running along the least just to the west of the wood. You can follow it up to Beardown Tors to create a circular walk starting from the car park at Two Bridges.

Devonport Leat OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Devonport Leat Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


For some post walk refreshments head south west of Burrator reservoir where you'll find the noteworthy Royal Oak in Meavy. The pub has fine credentials having been voted the 2019 Country Pub of the Year by Plymouth CAMRA. It's located in a delightful spot, next to Meavy Church and the pretty village green. There's a splendid outdoor seating area with a wide lawn where you can sit and enjoy a drink on fine days. The pub also has an interesting history having been a former 15th century Church house inn. It takes its name from the oak tree on the village green which is some 800 years old. This is one of the few remaining traditional Dartmoor inns with a flagstone floor, oak beams and a large open fireplace. Some of the seats are pews from adjacent church. You can find the pub less than half a mile south of the reservoir dam with a postcode of PL20 6PJ for your sat navs.
Meavy, The Royal Oak - - 805947 The Village Green, Meavy - - 117491
Pictured above, the Royal Oak pub and Meavy village green. A lovely place to relax after your walk on a summer day.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you head a couple of miles north over Walkhampton Common you'll come to one of the hidden gems of the area at Foggintor Quarry. Here you'll find a tranquil lake surrounded by the atmospheric quarry ruins. There's also the option of continuing west to visit King's Tor where there are more great views to enjoy.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dartmoor Walks page.


Devonport leat take off 1

This shows the start of the Devoport leat on Dartmoor on the West Dart river on northern Dartmoor. A sluice to control the flow can be seen. Thisleatflowed by gravity toDevonport. It now feeds Burrator reservoir. The leat has been in use from around the start of the 18th century.

Aqueduct 2

The Devonport leat aqueduct over the river Meavy. This image is looking toward the location ofthis image.

Devonport leat 6

This shows the Devoport leat on Dartmoor close to Nun's Cross Farm looking up stream where the leat flows into the tunnel. Thisleatis taken from the West Dart & Cowsic rivers and flowed by gravity toDevonport. The length is over 34km and the leat was in use from around the start of the 18th century. The leat tunnel (Drivage Bottom) - was contructed C 1850.

Devonport Leat pipe

The pipe diverting the water of the Devonport Leat into Burrator Reservoir on Dartmoor. This is the top view of the waterfall when the water leaves the pipe.

Devonport Leat outflow

The outflow of the Devonport Leat into Burrator Reservoir on Dartmoor.

Devonport Leat near Burrator

Devonport Leatin a cleared portion of the plantation surrounding Burrator Reservoir


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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