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Best Meavy Walks

scenes of 'War Horse' were filmed nearby
1 hour walks
Walk 1 (4.2 miles)Walk 2 (4.3 miles)
Meavy & Burrator Reservoir Meavy , Burrator Reservoir & Sheepstor

A few years ago, this delightful village on the edge of Dartmoor stepped into the limelight when scenes of 'War Horse' were filmed near by.

You can discover more about the event in the Royal Oak Inn.

Point of InterestWhat to explore?
  • Drake's Leat & Devonport Leat
  • Dismantled Railway
  • War Horse
  • Burrator Reservoir
Pubs the Royal Oak Inn.
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parkingSATNAV Postcode nearest PL20 6PD

Walk 1 Meavy & Burrator Reservoir (4.2 miles)


Meavy Church from War Horse
Church of Meavy, from War Horse

This delightful but quite strenuous pub walk follows public footpaths and lanes and part of the Drakes Trail.

The Walk

A From the small car park area head south along a public footpath.

B You cross Devonport Leat constructed in the late 18th century to supply Plymouth dockyards with fresh water.
Lower down you will notice remains of Drakes Leat which St Francis Drake encouraged to be built 2 centuries earlier .

C At the lane turn right ; at the next junction turn left then after 160m turn right into a small lane that descends into Meavy.
Notice the old oak. It is believed to have been planted 900 years ago when the church was built .

D In Meavy turn left & continue until you reach Meavy's primary school.

E Turn left at the T junction then almost immediately right into a track/footpath which leads to Burrator Reservoir.
When joining a lane follow it to the reservoir.

F On reaching the reservoir continue with the lake on your right. After 320 m take a path on left. From here it is a steady climb to the car park.

G After 80 m take a path right. There is an earlier path on right you can take , but it is quite steep. Follow this path until you join a lane, turn left to return to car park.

Please note:there are some steep stretches.

4.2 miles
quality of track
FIT for Watches / GPS
parking Lowery Car Park North of Meavy off the B3212
From Princetown:4 miles
From Yelverton:1.8 miles
parkingSATNAV 50°30'18.0"N 4°02'57.3"W

There is one steady climb.

Walk 1 to Meavy and Burrator Reservoir.

 Walks near Meavy
Princetown offers the walker spectacular views of Dartmoor's almost volcanic landscapes.
Relive a railway journey through quarries.
A popular and varied forest walk with lots to see:bronze age stone & hut circles, a clapper bridge & Bellever Tor.
 Shaugh Prior
Explore a magical river valley, open moorland and the mysterious Dewerstone Rock.
Exploring a countryside loved by St Francis Drake and known for its extensive views

Walk 2 Meavy , Burrator Reservoir & Sheepstor (4.3 miles)


An equally pleasant and fairly easy (pub) walk into Meavy.

You return via Sheepstor village and along Burrator Reservoir.

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  • Limited parking near Burrator Dam - see map
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Walk 2 to Meavy from Burrator Reservoir.