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
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
The River Avon just above Shipley Bridge

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Rhododendrons in full bloom in the Avon valley
Rhododendrons in full bloom in the Avon valley

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Rhododendrons in full bloom in the Avon valley
Rhododendrons in full bloom in the Avon valley

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Rhododendrons in full bloom in the Avon valley
Rhododendrons in full bloom in the Avon valley

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Hawthorn in full bloom in the Avon valley
Hawthorn in full bloom in the Avon valley

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Rhododendrons and Rowan in full bloom in the Avon valley
Rhododendrons and Rowan in full bloom in the Avon valley

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ferns
ferns

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Follow the track up to the right of the Avon Dam
Follow the track up to the right of the Avon Dam

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At the Avon Dam
At the Avon Dam

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Ancient hut circles besid the reservoir
Ancient hut circles besid the reservoir

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Follow the path up the valley, continue over a style
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.
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
The remains of an old animal trap beside the river

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The River Avon below Broad Falls
The River Avon below Broad Falls

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The ruins of a workers hut or a blowing house
The ruins of a workers hut or a blowing house

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Boulders at Broad Falls
Boulders at Broad Falls

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Boulders at Broad Falls
Boulders at Broad Falls

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Boulders at Broad Falls. The easiest path is further away from the bank of the stream
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.
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
There is a clear path from the valley to Red Lake

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Red Lake - old china clay works
Red Lake - old china clay works

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Red Lake - old china clay works
Red Lake - old china clay works

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Red Lake
Red Lake

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

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Tramway
Tramway

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Dartmoor Panorama: 180 degrees near Red Lake
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
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.
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
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.
Back beside the river close to the Shipley Bridge car park.

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