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Drake's Trail - Walking Spur 1 - Yelverton to Clearbrook


8 km / 5 miles
One of a series of short walking routes linking into Drake's Trail. As you leave Yelverton you will walk alongside Drake’s Leat for much of the first mile. The leat - also known as Plymouth Leat - was eventually built in 1591, some years after the passing of the Water Bill for Plymouth, which was presented to the Houses of Parliament by the mayor of Plymouth, who at the time was Sir Francis Drake. Numerous myths surround the building of the leat and reflect the esteem with which local people held Drake and his accomplishments. Rumour has it that Drake not only built the leat himself in one night, but that he also rode into Plymouth before the first flow of water on a white stallion. As well as being an accomplished sailor, Drake was also a shrewd businessman. He was given £200 to cover construction costs and £100 to compensate landowners. In the end he paid out £100 for construction and £60 for land, making a tidy profit of £140.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Other Paths
Average Gradients
Former Railway
Start and Finish: SX521679 - Drake's Trail information board, Yelverton, Devon View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Drake's Trail

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External download Drake's Trail - Walking Spur 1 - Yelverton to Clearbrook  (Devon County Council  - 2009 ) Download


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Route Profile:

7.8 km (4.8 miles)
131 m (430 ft) ascent
194 m (636 ft)  maximum height

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