The Aqueduct Trail
The Aqueduct Trail is a lovely five hour circular walk of approximately 10 miles.
From the large car park at the Upper Tamar Lake (EX23 9SB) walk down the path below the dam, which connects to the Lower Lake and bird-watching centre? (There is also limited parking here).
Exit the Lower Lake car-park, turning right past the water works.
At the lane bear right, noting as you pass by the undulating roof-lines of the outbuildings at East Langford Farm.
At the road junction turn left (beware of traffic!). Continue on this road, crossing the Cornwall/Devon border and bear left to pass Hudson Farm.
Shortly after you will pass Dexbeer an old manor of Pancrasweek Parish.
At the bottom of the next valley you will cross the infant River Tamar – the border between Devon and Cornwall.
Very soon, the lane crosses the course of the Bude Canal over a very small bridge.
(If you wish to make a short-cut at this point, go through the wooden gate on the left and return along the tow-path to the Tamar Lakes).
Otherwise, carry on along the lane to the next junction (Broomhill) and turn left to Pan rasweek/Sutcombe/Holsworthy.
Before long, turn right at Dunsdon Cross towards Pancrasweek. In a little while you will pass Dunsdon.
At Gains Cross keep ahead, towards Pancrasweek.
(Just before the junction there is a chance to visit the Dunsdon National Nature Reserve, an important habitat managed by the Devon Wildlife Trust. To take this optional detour, turn right, down the track)
Otherwise carry straight on to the small hamlet of Lana.
Before long the lane will cross the path of the canal at Brendon Bridge, with wooden gates on either side.
At this junction there are two options
- Turn right (heading north) and return to the Tamar Lakes, keeping to the tow-path of the aqueduct section all the way or
- Turn left (heading south) and walk along the canal as far as Vealand.
Carrying along the canal beside the reserve will eventually lead to the Yealand Inclined Plane and the official end of the Aqueduct Trail.
At the base of the slope, the waterway passes over the Tamar River via the Burmsdon Aqueduct and heads back into Cornwall.
Retrace your steps to where the road from Lana crosses the canal (Brendon Bridge).
Go straight across (heading north) and return to the Tamar Lakes, keeping to the tow path of the aqueduct section all the way.
The trail will cross minor roads at Puckland Bridge, Morton Bridge, Dexbeer Bridge and at Virworthy Wharf, which was the last wharf on the waterway.
Continue along the embankment between the culvert and river – shortly arriving back at the Lower Lake – (walk back to the Upper Lake if parked there).