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Drake's Leat

A386, Yelverton, Dartmoor National Park, England
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Drake's Leat runs right past our house gate, we have to cross it every day so for us it is a mostly... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2017
Yelverton, United Kingdom
walk for those foggy days!

Park at Yelverton and walk south, you are just within the moor, but the path is good, alongside the... read more

Reviewed 7 February 2017
Jane A
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A386, Yelverton, Dartmoor National Park, England
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Reviewed 13 May 2017

Drake's Leat runs right past our house gate, we have to cross it every day so for us it is a mostly dry moat that just happens to be there. However it does have an incredible history. Originally over 17 miles long and running from...More

Thank chubtor
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Park at Yelverton and walk south, you are just within the moor, but the path is good, alongside the leat, and it would be hard to get lost!

Thank Jane A
Reviewed 10 October 2016

I came across Drake's Leat purely by accident when wandering on Higher White Tor. I accessed the Leat from Two Bridges and walked to the weir. The Leat is well preserved with some collapse in places. Well worth a visit, Google it first.

Thank 59AnneG
Reviewed 24 August 2016

This visit was not quite what we expected, whilst it was quite informative there could have been more about prison life. the entrance fee was reasonable for what there was to see.

Thank martinosborne1
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Fascinating history lesson running from Burrator to Plymouth. 400 years old water supply that demonstrates the huge skills of the Tudor engineers. Fourteen miles of amazing construction. The only drawback is not enough has been made of it and trying to follow it all the...More

Thank Chrisclearbrook
Reviewed 21 January 2016

Drake's Leat is a small, mostly stone-lined, channel 4 or 5 feet across and 3 deep which was built at the end of the 16th century to carry water from Dartmoor (where it was plentiful) 18 miles to the growing port of Plymouth. Long disused...More

1  Thank Bard999
Reviewed 8 October 2015

We were fascinated to discover what the little ditch alongside the walk was and enjoyed checking out its history.

1  Thank Alison_Peter_2015
Reviewed 5 October 2015 via mobile

Our walk started from Tiddy Brook in Whitchurch, just a five mile walk to Yelverton, where we had a pub lunch, then took a bus back. Walking in a newly restored path over old bridges which we understand were funded by EU grant, it is...More

1  Thank She9753
Reviewed 4 April 2014

Everything, especially the Gem bridge, the wildlife, the birds, the peacefulness. Takes about an hour but pretty level walking. The sound of the river far below. A must for anyone visiting Tavistock, Yelverton or Horribridge.

1  Thank Devongirl210
Reviewed 30 July 2013

I love this walk, you can follow it from the beginning of Burrator to the reservoir, then join it again half way round, following it onto Dartmoor. You will love the views.

1  Thank Traci L
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