A collection of walks, discoveries, insights and pictures of exploring Dartmoor National Park
August 22, 2023
Evidence of Devonport Leat in the centre of Yelverton
If one studies a map of central Yelverton from the late 19th / early 20th century, it reveals two major Dartmoor Leats (Devonport and Plymouth (aka Drake’s Leat)) would have been still very much discernible straddling St. Paul’s Church and both crossing Meavy Lane from east to west.
Today, in this area it is not too difficult to find Plymouth Leat and see where it flowed between 1591 and 1898 providing fresh water from the River Meavy along a 17 mile to Plymouth. Devonport Leat on the other hand appears to be virtually obliterated over the last century. That said, with a observant eye, there is evidence that Devonport Leat once flowed in this area. This post explores the evidence of the leat which is now ‘Hidden – in plain sight”.