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Drake's Trail - Walking Spur 2 - Meavy to Burrator


8 km / 5 miles
One of a series of short walking routes linking into Drake's Trail. As you near Burrator Dam you will walk alongside part of Drake’s Leat. The leat - also known as Plymouth Leat - was built in 1591, some years after the passing of the Water Bill for Plymouth was presented to the Houses of Parliament by the mayor of Plymouth, who happened at the time to be Sir Francis Drake. The original source for Drake’s Leat sits deep underneath the brooding surface of Burrator reservoir. Flowing for 18 miles, fresh water flowed from Burrator to Plymouth in a trench some 6 feet wide. The route was skilfully surveyed so that water did not flow too quickly and erode the soil banks. The leat was not granite lined until the 19 century.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Other Paths
Start and Finish: SX540671 - Meavy Village Green, Devon View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2017
Web Sites: Drake's Trail

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External download Drake's Trail - Walking Spur 2 - Meavy to Burrator  (Devon County Council  - 2009 ) Download


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Route Profile:

8.0 km (5.0 miles)
185 m (607 ft) ascent
297 m (974 ft)  maximum height

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