2.Walk Meldon reservoir, West Okement valley, Black-a-Tor Copse, Brim Brook, Dinger Tor, High Willhays, Yes Tor, Red-a-ven Brook. 10 miles  16 km

2020:07:10

A lovely walk from Meldon Reservoir up the West Okement valley, through Black-a-Tor Copse ancient woodland, then as far as possible on the left bank to Kneeset Nose and Brim Brook. Mostly good walking with a lot of grassy turf further up. Route back along the ridge, Dinger Tor, High Willhays, Yes Tor, then almost due north picking a route down through the clitter to cross Red-a-ven Brook, down through the mine and quarry workings to the footbridge over the West Okement River and then the track back up to the car park.

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Meldon reservoir

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Meldon viaduct view from the dam.

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Cross the dam and turn right to follow the path along the reservoir

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Meldon Reservoir

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Velake corner, keep to the left of the flat ground

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The path turns into a track and climbs gently

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The path passes this gateway - I think this is a drinking water intake above the reservoir. The enclose area show how the woodland can regenerate if not over grazed.

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The track ends and becomes quite a rough path

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The best path is close to the stream

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Black-a-Tor Copse ahead

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Black-a-Tor Copse

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Black-a-Tor Copse

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Black-a-Tor Copse becomes scattered trees on the clitter on the hillside. Sadly there is no sign of any regeneration - no young trees at all. The woodland needs to be fenced to allow regeneration to take place.

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Above the ancient woodland are areas of tin streaming

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The remains of a Tinner's Hut

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Looking up the West Okement Valley, the ridge at the far end is Great Kneeset. Keep to the left of the low ground for the best path. The path is mostly short turf, not tussock

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A short section with steeper banks, keep up to the left

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Below Kneeset the river turns sharply left and back on itself. Continue to follow the path near the stream.

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The river is now marked on the map as Brim Brook, but this is still the main stream.

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When the left bank of Brim Brook becomes flat and boggy there is a clear path heading away from the stream, due North. Shortly after leaving the brook the path splits, take the right fork for Dinger Tor

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Dinger Tor on the skyline

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Looking south at Great Kneeset ( left of center ) Fur Tor in the distance. Lints Tor to the right and Amicombe Hill and Kitty Tor beyond

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The view from Dinger Tor. If you zoom in you can see the mast at Princetown about center. The view runs from Wild Tor and Hangingstone Hill to the East (left) to Kitty Tor on the right

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A Dartmoor Panorama from High WillHays. The Princetown mast, almost due South is in the middle. Yes Tor, almost due North on the right. On the left you can see East Okement Farm and Cosdon Hill

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Dartmoor Panorama from the western edge of Yes Tor. - the top was too busy!  Extreme left, and east in this shot. The big circle of stones is west. To the right of that you can see the Meldon viaduct. I descended almsot due north from here, picking my way between the big patches of very large clitter down to the track you can see crossing Red-a-ven brook.

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Red-a-ven Brook. Cross and follow the track briefly before taking a path north west over the flat common land

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Keep to the right of the stream down through the mine and quarry workings

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Quarry. Keep to the right of the stream, heading west and following a track down to the valley floor and a footbridge over the West Okement River.

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The Meldon railway viaduct

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From the footbridge, turn left and follow the track that now takes you back up to the car park.

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