Church Walk to Avon Dam
After the August All Age service
about 20 people joined in the
church walk to Avon Dam, South
Dartmoor. God blessed us with
some wonderful sunny weather,
enjoyed greatly by all.
Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam is recognised as an easy access walk
suitable for all abilities onto open moor, following South West Water’s
access road up to the dam. This meant Ruth and Georgie were able to use their electric wheelchairs
and younger members took scooters enabling an easy free-wheel return home!
We began the walk passing two small waterfalls before arriving at our picnic spot overlooking small
rapids and shallow rock pools. Whilst we relaxed eating lunch, children played at the water’s edge
and beyond! Pierce even put his wetsuit on to enjoy the icy cold water straight off the moor. Not to
be outdone, adults too took the opportunity to paddle to cool hot feet!
After a relaxing lunch we set off again up a gentle slope passing the remains of an old manor house
and crossing a granite bridge we entered open moorland with lush green bracken covering the valley
sides and river bubbling with crystal clear water.
As we approached the dam the party split into two. Some
followed the road to the base of the dam. Others climbed
up a rocky path to the top of the dam to admire the views
across the reservoir. Sadly, during the Summer water levels
are too low to see the dam overflowing down huge granite
steps. As we arrived we were met by a group of beautiful
Dartmoor ponies and foals. Connor tried horse whispering
without much success so instead decided to have fun climbing on top of the
triangulation point – lucky Nannie never found out!
Eventually we started to slowly walk back home. Boys jumped on their
scooters whilst adults cried out “slow down” as they raced downhill trying
to break the speed limit! Occasionally they hid and jumped out at passing
adults with a big BOO! As we reached the lunch spot again some were
tempted back into the river, Connor this time going for a proper swim whilst
Grandfa Paul had kittens thinking he may need to dive in for a rescue!
Everyone enjoyed the walk and all agreed that this should become a regular event.
Kathy Rowden, 27/08/2015