Granite and Gears Princetown and Burrator

About this route

Dartmoor has plenty of cycling opportunities along designated cycle tracks, public roads, byways and bridleways – though the open moor is always off-limits. However, for an exciting circular ride which does take in some of the best and highest moorland scenery Dartmoor has to offer, the Princetown and Burrator route has something for all mountain bikers!

Getting Around

Parking at the High Moorland Visitor Centre in the middle of Princetown.

Princetown: All facilities
Bridleways and minor roads. Grade is intermediate to difficult
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OS Maps

Landranger (1;50,000): No 191 Okehampton and North Dartmoor
Landranger (1:50,000): No 202 Torbay and South Dartmoor
Explorer (1:25,000): No OL28 Dartmoor

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Dartmoor National Park

Interesting information

South Hessary Tor, although not especially high, is a prominent tor on the southern moor due to the fact that it sits high on a ridge and can be seen from many angles.

Burrator reservoir was constructed in 1898 and is situated within Dartmoor, and the tranquil water and surrounding mixed woodland contrasts sharply with the open moor and the rugged Dartmoor tors.

The village of Sheepstor derives its name from the old English “scytte” meaning a bar or bolt and reflects the shape of nearby Sheeps Tor.  The village church, dedicated to St Leonards, is built of granite and dates from the fifteenth century.  A local legend tells that the bell ropes of the church were once tied together and lowered into Crazywell Pool, 3.6 km to the north east of Sheepstor, in order to determine the depth. According to the legend the ropes descended as much as 90 fathoms without reaching the bottom, causing people to believe the pool is bottomless.

In 2010 the village was used as a location in the Steven Spielberg film “Warhorse”.

Eylesbarrow Tin Mine, in its early years, was one of the largest and most prosperous of the Dartmoor tin mines.

Photo of a view across a country lane to Burrator Reservoir in the distance
Burrator Reservoir Copyright Jeff Collins

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