Redlake

Another place on Dartmoor that I wanted to visit. I had been a few times to Avon Dam and seen the dimple in the distance that is the Redlake spoil heap and planned a walk that would get the best out of this area. The weather was absolutely stunning, crisp snow in places, sun and not another soul around. Shame about the howling wind but you can’t have everything I guess!

Start – Shipley Bridge
Route – Avon DamHuntingdon CrossHuntingdon Clapper BridgeRedlake – Zeal Tramway – Western White BarrowEastern White BarrowShipley Bridge
Distance – 8 miles    Start time – 10.15pm     Time taken – 4 1/4hrs    Highest Point – Western White Barrow 481m
Weather – Sunny, icy, snow in places, windy but stunning
Redlake map

© Crown copyright 2014 Ordnance Survey FL 2014 SF

Start of the walk, heading up the path straight ahead the return will be from the left

Start of the walk, heading up the path straight ahead the return will be from the left

Very icy along here, nearly went over a couple of times!!

Very icy along here, nearly went over a couple of times!!

Waterfalls on the River Avon

Waterfalls on the River Avon

Crossing the Avon as I head up to Avon Dam

Crossing the Avon as I head up to Avon Dam

It opens out a bit here as you approach the dam

It opens out a bit here as you approach the dam

Avon Reservoir, the dimple in the distance is the spoil heap at Redlake, my target.

Avon Reservoir, the dimple in the distance is the spoil heap at Redlake, my target.

Looking back at the reservoir and the dam

Looking back at the reservoir and the dam

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Looking ahead up the River Avon

Huntingdon Cross

Huntingdon Cross

Huntingdon Clapper Bridge

Huntingdon Clapper Bridge

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Looking upstream along the Avon valley

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And looking downstream as I climb up to Redlake

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Zeal Tramway on the left and Redlake ahead

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It was absolutely arctic up here. Two hat weather and about 5 layers!!

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Lovely views from the top of the spoil heap

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Huntingdon Warren from the top of the spoil heap

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Miles of emptiness, it was tough to stand up here with the wind howling!!

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Heading away from Redlake along the tramway

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One of the settling tanks for the clay works on Quickbeam Hill, looking towards Plymouth

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Heading up to Western White Barrow with views to Redlake

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Petre’s Cross (or what’s left of it)

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Western White Barrow looking to its eastern cousin

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Orange and a pear??!! Or just a settlement on Huntingdon Warren

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At Eastern White Barrow now, looking back to the Western one

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You are never far from a view of Redlake on this walk! The Avon valley right.

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Heading back down to Shipley Bridge and looking back up to Eastern White Barrow

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Looking down to Black Tor

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Ugborough Beacon as I look into the sun

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Almost back at the sign in the first photo on this walk. I turn right at the bottom and head back to the car.

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