GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


3 miles (5 km)

This circular walk climbs to Sheepstor where you can enjoy lovely views down to Burrator Reservoir. The walk runs for about 3 miles with a moderate climb and then some flat waterside paths along the reservoir. Start the walk from the reservoir car park at the eastern end of the water. From here you can pick up footpaths heading south west to Yellowmead Down and Sheepstor. The summit is 369m above sea level and it is one of the area's most prominent tors. There's nice views across Dartmoor and the reservoir below from here.
The route then descends to the west, passing through woodland before coming to Burrator Reservoir. You can then pick up paths along the water, leading you back to the car park and the finish point of the walk.
At the southern end of the route you can take a short detour to visit Sheepstor village, after which the hill is named. The village has a noteworthy church, dedicated to St Leonard, which is built of granite and dates from the 15th century.
To continue your walking in the area, try the circular walk around the reservoir. There's nice woodland trails, brooks, streams and waterfalls to see here. Also nearby are the nice woodland trails in Plymbridge Woods.

Sheepstor OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Sheepstor 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.

Dog Walking

The area is a great for dog walking with lots of good woodland trails to explore. The Royal Oak mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Sheeps Tor, Dartmoor - - 53861

Sheeps Tor, Dartmoor

Sheepstor Village - - 9806

Sheepstor Village

Burrator Dam

Burrator Dam

Burrator Reservoir from the west

View of Burrator Reservoir, from the line of Devonport Leat and the Princetown railway to the west. This is taken from near the old railway halt above the dam. Sheeps Tor is prominent on the far bank.

GPS Files

GPX File

Sheepstor.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Sheepstor.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)