Tantalizing Tavy Cleave

“A fabulous walk on Dartmoor over some rather interesting terrain, shame about the weather but of course we didn’t let a little bit of horizontal hail dampen our spirits! Thank you so much for skillfully leading us. Best wishes,Gill.”

February’s walk intended to follow the Tavy, the steepest river in the England, up into the heart of Dartmoor passing through Tavy Cleave, a gorge like section of the river, and thence up a tributary the Rattle Brook to the ruined Bleak house for lunch and return via the Western Tors,with fantastic views in to the heart of Dartmoor and over the Devon Lowlands. The plan was thwarted by a sudden (if predicted) hail storm which meant we missed an ascent of Great Links Tor. The hail storm was over as suddenly as it began and the weather and visibility improved to make the return, via Chat Tor Sharp Tor, Hare Tor, Ger Tor and Nattor to Lane end (sometimes called Lanehead), delighful. We visited the Dartmoor Inn at Lydford for a well earned drink:coffee or beer or ginger wine were chosen despite the temptations of Jereboams Methuslasa and other very large sized Champagne bottles on offer. Thanks to Omar for the photos.

“Many thanks for leading the walk yesterday. The scenery was stunning and we especially liked the first part when we were skirting the leat and river. The return was so different with the stunning views across both the Moor and the green pastures towards Okehampton. We were relieved that the hail storms were relatively short lived otherwise it might have been a different experience! Best wishes Jane & Clive.”

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