Burrator Arboretum & Nature Reserve

Burrator Reservoir, Yelverton

About this walk

If you would like to wander in the woodland, meander in the meadow, spot dragonflies, count the different birds you can hear and listen to the rippling Narrator Brook, then put an hour aside for a wildlife encounter in the Burrator Arboretum.

The Arboretum and associated footpaths was originally created following the storms in the late 1980s as a collection of native and non-native trees.  One of its primary functions is to provide easy access to reservoir visitors who may find it more difficult to explore other areas of the site.  A network of ponds was developed to make this area a unique wetland ecosystem, with a variety of habitats that support a rich and diverse range of species.


Easy access footpath 0.9 miles (1.5km)


Allow an hour


Burrator Arboretum car park SX 568689


Flat compacted aggregate footpaths and boardwalk, only a slight gradient in one place


OS Explorer OL28 Dartmoor

Public Transport

Number 48 First Bus operates Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from Plymouth to Burrator.  It will stop and collect from Burrator Dam and Burrator Turning Point.  For the Arboretum it is best to get off at the ‘Turning Point’ stop and then walk along the road and over Norsworthy Bridge to reach the Arboretum, allow 20 minutes for this.


The Arboretum has its own car park.  On reaching the main Burrator Dam follow the road to your left keeping the reservoir on your right.  Drive over Norsworthy Bridge and follow the road past Norsworthy Bridge car park and continue round the bend until you reach the Arboretum car park on your left.


Ice cream van at the main Burrator Dam and sometimes at Norsworthy Bridge car park.