A gift from the Great Earth Goddess Gaia! These boulders lay close to the Burrator Reservoir Dam. The Lakeside spot is an excellent venue for all. From total novices, to complete pro?s there is fun for all! Short problems to intense highballing! The best time to come here is March until the end of summer.
The granite is very nice, sticky and super sharp. Most boulders have been cleaned enough. The odd leaf sweeping or dirt blowing might be needed but on the most part it just needs a little bit of moss taken off the odd problem. More traffic will cure this.
The Main face is very prone to seepage and the ropes to assist topping out may or may not be in place. For your safety check for damp holds and top out ropes before embarking on these highball problems. The Great Roof is also slow to dry but all the other boulders will dry with a light breeze.
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General bouldering rules apply, obviously. Please park considerately, and be aware that the Access situation is unclear. No trouble has ever been had, but just incase, be nice, and leave if asked to. Its only a short trip to Combeshead tor!
Rustypeg guidebook doesn't seem to exist anymore.
Dartmoor guide is quite good but there are some discrepancies... e.g. shorter sauce is described as a lip traverse in the Dartmoor guidebook apwebber - 27/Sep/18
The in situ ropes didn't last long before someone half hitched them (ok, removed them :-)). It's probably best to take your own rope. Kafoozalem - 22/May/13
Went there yesterday and there is no rope at top of main face anymore for top outs like is said in the Topo/Guide, don't know how long its been gone for SimonMarcYoung - 22/May/13
Unearthed a new boulder in the main area near the riverside bloc. A few minor routes including a good crack and a very nice arete, Topo to follow Ed morris - 05/May/13
Surprised this place hasn't had more attention, easy to get to, short walk in, beautiful forest and some hard and nice problems! Beastly Squirrel - 16/Oct/11
"Burra" tor is a corruption of Berra or Beara tor, which is what it used to be known as back in the day. References:
HIGH DARTMOOR by Eric Hemery page178
THE GAZETTEER OF DARTMOOR NAMES by Mike Brown gives it a grid reference of SX 55205 67905 on page9 JPM - 16/Nov/10
The boulders were covered in about a foot of moss. Most granite underneath is fresh, sharp and loose crystals.
It Took a fair amount of unearthing, so i would say. There hasnt been much activity here, ever. I have spoken to some fairly old locals.
Would be great to see an early topo of the crag! And if you give me the details i will update the relevant info.
Not sure how you know this is called Burrator. No evidence i can find to support that theory. The Village under the lake was Part of the Burrator Parish council, and the focal of the surrounding areas.
Thanks for your input. bunn.aroundthebloc - 19/Oct/10
I think this crag was actually worked out at least 10 years ago and probably long before that but noone bothered to record it.
Its good that people are getting out and finally climbing these problems nolan - 19/Oct/10
The Crag is in fact "Burra tor" after which the dam was named. Did alot of these problems about 6 - 8 years ago. Got a topo somewhere of the original names, will dig it out. JPM - 16/Oct/10
I have Been Developing this crag for about a year. Most boulders have been worked out, but there are many more problems to go! So get here quickly! Please Clean the boulders you climb. Check the Guidebook for accurate topo's and info! bunn.aroundthebloc - 17/Aug/10