3. A Dartmoor walk, 12 miles,  from Shipley Bridge  ⇨  Western White Barrow  ⇨ Red Lake   ⇨ Broad Falls  ⇨ Snowdon  ⇨ Avon Dam 2018:06:06

This walk needs dry weather and clear visibility as it crosses several small streams and peat moorland.

The Hunters stone, engraved with names
The Hunters stone, engraved with names

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head a short distance up the road to the Avon Dam, and then turn left up a surfaced road. Turn right onto the moor when you reach a rough track.
head a short distance up the road to the Avon Dam, and then turn left up a surfaced road. Turn right onto the moor when you reach a rough track.

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Bracket fungus on a large gorse stump
Bracket fungus on a large gorse stump

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Flowers in the short turf
Flowers in the short turf
Dartmoor Panorama: The main valley here is the Bala Brook. Red Brook is opposite with two wooded channels, Middle Brook is the side valley to the right.  At the corner of the wall leave the tramway and head in the direction of the junction of Middle Brook with Bala Brook
Dartmoor Panorama: The main valley here is the Bala Brook. Red Brook is opposite with two wooded channels, Middle Brook is the side valley to the right.  At the corner of the wall leave the tramway and head in the direction of the junction of Middle Brook with Bala Brook

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The best place to cross the Bala Brook is a little way upstream of the junction with Middle Brook. Then head west, keeping Middle Brook on your left.
The best place to cross the Bala Brook is a little way upstream of the junction with Middle Brook. Then head west, keeping Middle Brook on your left.

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This might have been an engine pulling trucks up a tramway with a rope.
This might have been an engine pulling trucks up a tramway with a rope.

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Further up the Middle Brook is a large wheel pit.
Further up the Middle Brook is a large wheel pit.

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At Petre's Pits Bottom are the remains of a substantial building
At Petre's Pits Bottom are the remains of a substantial building

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Just beyond the ruined house is a mine entrance. You come to the waste heap first.
Just beyond the ruined house is a mine entrance. You come to the waste heap first.

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The waste heap from the mine
The waste heap from the mine

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Head North from the mine workings and house ruins over featureless peat moorland
Head North from the mine workings and house ruins over featureless peat moorland

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Keep East of this lake, and head North East to the western end of Petre's Pit
Keep East of this lake, and head North East to the western end of Petre's Pit

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Petre's Pit  head due North again until you reach the tramway
Petre's Pit  head due North again until you reach the tramway

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Red Lake Tip appears in the distance  but keep to the tramway
Red Lake Tip appears in the distance  but keep to the tramway

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Various stone structures form part of the clay pipeline
Various stone structures form part of the clay pipeline

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Red Lake Tip getting closer
Red Lake Tip getting closer

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Demolished buildings at Red Lake
Demolished buildings at Red Lake

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Dartmoor Panorama: Red Lake and Tip
Dartmoor Panorama: Red Lake and Tip

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The view South East from the top of the Red Lake tip, with the Avon Dam in the distance
The view South East from the top of the Red Lake tip, with the Avon Dam in the distance

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The view North from the top of Red Lake Tip. Head Just North of East for Broad Falls
The view North from the top of Red Lake Tip. Head Just North of East for Broad Falls

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Then follow the wall of Huntingdon Warren up the hill. This view is looking back down the wall towards Broad Falls and Red Lake.
Then follow the wall of Huntingdon Warren up the hill. This view is looking back down the wall towards Broad Falls and Red Lake.

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Now climbing up towards Snowdoafter crossing Western Wella Brook. Looking down the valley towards Huntingdon Warren Farmstead
Now climbing up towards Snowdoafter crossing Western Wella Brook. Looking down the valley towards Huntingdon Warren Farmstead

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Dartmoor Panorama: Views from the Northern Cairn on Snowdon. Zoom in to see the details in the landscape. Views Northeast to Southeast.
Dartmoor Panorama: Views from the Northern Cairn on Snowdon. Zoom in to see the details in the landscape. Views Northeast to Southeast.

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Dartmoor Panorama: The view west from Snowdon. Red Lake to Ryder's Hill
Dartmoor Panorama: The view west from Snowdon. Red Lake to Ryder's Hill

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Dartmoor Panorama: The view Southeast from Snowdon
Dartmoor Panorama: The view Southeast from Snowdon

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The Cairn on Pupers Hill
The Cairn on Pupers Hill

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Bridge over the Western Wella Brook north of the Huntington Warren Farmstead
Bridge over the Western Wella Brook north of the Huntington Warren Farmstead

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A ruined cottage
A ruined cottage

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The Avon Dam
The Avon Dam

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Avon Dam
Avon Dam

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Rhododendrons below the Avon Dam
Rhododendrons below the Avon Dam

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