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Address: A386, Yelverton, Dartmoor National Park, England

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400 year old waterway

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... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2016
Monmouth, United Kingdom
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Yelverton, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 the high moor into Plymouth it was the second of the sources bringing water into... More 

Thank chubtor
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
Monmouth, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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
Wareham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
Yelverton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 way is a real challenge! You can get lost on the moor, wander through little... More 

Thank Chrisclearbrook
Callington, United Kingdom
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334 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2016

Enjoy the history of this by walking along its banks ( mainly level walk ) and marvel at how the engineers planned its route with such accuracy-not to mention the prisoner of war forced labour which made the whole thing possible . Walking the leat is also a very safe way of walking across Dartmoor without the danger of getting... More 

1 Thank brian840019
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 and largely dry, much of the masoned channel still exists, and it's a fascinating and... More 

1 Thank Bard999
Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
Mold, United Kingdom
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215 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
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 easy walking even for those who my have some disability. The route is through beautiful... More 

1 Thank She9753
Northampton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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

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