7.Walk on Dartmoor 9 miles from Shipley Bridge to Red Lake up the Avon Valley, and back via the South Zeal Tramway.

Walk on Dartmoor 9 miles from Shipley Bridge to Red Lake up the Avon Valley, and back via the South Zeal Tramway.

9.19 miles, 1129 feet of ascent.

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From the car park at Shipley Bridge follow the surfaced track up to the Avon Dam

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The River Avon just above Shipley Bridge

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Rhododendrons in full bloom in the Avon valley

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Rhododendrons in full bloom in the Avon valley

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Rhododendrons in full bloom in the Avon valley

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Hawthorn in full bloom in the Avon valley

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Rhododendrons and Rowan in full bloom in the Avon valley

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ferns

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Follow the track up to the right of the Avon Dam

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At the Avon Dam

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Ancient hut circles besid the reservoir

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Follow the path up the valley, continue over a style

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You can cross the clapper bridge to head up to cross-ways, but we continued up the right hand bank of the river.

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The remains of an old animal trap beside the river

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The River Avon below Broad Falls

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The ruins of a workers hut or a blowing house

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Boulders at Broad Falls

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Boulders at Broad Falls

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Boulders at Broad Falls. The easiest path is further away from the bank of the stream

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The river can be crossed here when water levels are low. Head up the valley ahead of you towards the point of Red Lake tip.

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There is a clear path from the valley to Red Lake

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Red Lake - old china clay works

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Red Lake - old china clay works

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Red Lake

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From Red Lake follow the track south until a path turns off for Crossways

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Tramway

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Dartmoor Panorama: 180 degrees near Red Lake

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Our return paths follows the grassy track of the South Zeal Tramway, passing to the right of Western White Barrow

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A gnarled hawthorn tree in full bloom beside the path.

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The South Zeal Tramway continues down until the road to the Avon Filtration Station. Turn left and follow the road back down into the Avon valley

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Back beside the river close to the Shipley Bridge car park.

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