Wayward Wanderers Walking Group

Burrator-Crazywell Pool

September 26, 2010, prb, Comments: 0

Walk and weather both brilliant

Numbers swelled by the two guests, the group assembled at the corner of the dam at Burrator Reservoir. 

The weather was crisp.  With lovely late summer sun, cloudless skies and clear visibility, but with a light breeze, the day was made for walking.

On leaving the dam our first pause was to view the waterfall by the side of the road a few yards away. 

Here we left the road and struck up a grassy track and soon we made it onto the open moorland of Yennadon Down.  At a peak of around 300m elevation the views, to the south especially, were stunning, the sea near Plymouth easily visible.

Easing away from the summit, we reached the lane at Lowery Cross, and a short stretch of road walking,  before moving into Peekhill Plantation.  Continuing along the path here, we touched the foot of the open Peek Hill area before moving again into woodland.  Eventually we dropped down onto a lane, and quickly reached an elevated spot giving good views of the reservoir.  After pausing briefly for a photo and to examine the old cross, ....

.........we moved away from here alongside a leat, and skirted the foot of Leather Tor.

Here followed a loop where we explored Stanlake Plantation, eventually encountering the site of an old farmstead and some ruined buildings with an industrial look about them.

Shortly after this we reached Leather Tor Bridge, ...........

...........after which we moved into Raddick Plantation, soon reaching a path junction where our leader gave us a route choice, long or longer.  Beckoned by the sun lighting up the grassy mounds here we instead chose to rest awhile.  Some took photos.

Refreshed we opted for the longer route and so started the climb up Raddick Lane.  After 0.5km we entered the open moor and more bracing conditions.  There was here a strong northerly breeze, and several were forced to add some windproofing to their apparel.

Soon however we reached Crazywell Pool. 
This occupies an isolated position in a stretch of open barren moor.  Once reputed to be bottomless and the work of the devil, it is believed to be relic of old tin workings and only about 5m deep.
But in dull and misty conditions it can still fill one full of foreboding.

Soon we started on the return hike.   Being mostly downhill this was easier, but after our trek back across the open moor ........
................the route followed stony tracks, and these are less forgiving on the ankles and knees.

Our next landmark was Norsworthy Bridge. 

From here our route followed the reservoir's perimeter road for 0.5km, but then thankfully we left if for a path which skirted the foot of Yellowmead Down.

Eventually we entered a plantation and before long we reached the reservoir shore for the first time since the start of the walk.

We were not quite home yet, since we had to follow the reservoir round and cross the main dam to return to our rendezvous point.
We had ended up covering 8.5 miles in all and, with one exception we all succumbed to the lure of the conveniently located ice cream van.  Never had an ice cream tasted so good.   I had forgotten just how creamy Willy's Devon ice creams are! 

Thus ended what will go down as one of the group's most enjoyable and varied walks, made all the more so by the perfect weather of the day.  The thanks of those walking go to Sara-Jane and Tony for putting this one on.

The track of the walk can be viewed at:

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