This was a walk we did late last year, but i had forgotten about and just found these pictures.South Devon's Avon dam is on the edge of Dartmoor, just a few miles from the busy A38, quite near to South Brent. The dam lies deep in a valley at Shipley Bridge, the dam holds back millions of gallons of water and creates a large Reservoir, supplying water to most of this area.The walk starts at a car park and initially follows a Private (to vehicles) tarmac road for approx 1/2 a mile. This road was built and is used by South West Water Authority to maintain the dam and water treatment plant.From here on the road/path is usable by vehicles but not Tarmacked.The 1.7 mile footpath follows the Avon river along the whole route.
Do click on any picture to enlarge it.
Sue at the start of the walk.
This picture is just one of lots we have with fabulous small waterfalls, rapids etc,in spring it is covered in beautiful wild flowers.
Here is one of the many waterfalls / rapids that are dotted all along.
In summer this area of flats rocks gets really busy with famililies Pick nicking here and the kids playing in the water.
We decided to take this picture to show that the Litchen / Moss growing on this growing tree can provides a base on which thses Fearns can live and grow.
We couldn't resist taking this picture showing the strength of this tree and its roots against the remains of a sheperds hut.
At this point in the walk the valley opens out to show really great views along the river banks.
I did forget to mention that on the outward walk you are steadily climbing through out the walk.
Almost there now, getting a bit tired sowe stopped for a cuppa from the Flask we brought with us.
The steepest part now but the Dam is in sight here.
Here it is the Avon Dam, we didn't take pictures of the Reservoir itself because by now the wind was howling and causing huge waves, (see the waves coming down the Dam).
This last picture was taken from the opposite side of the valley from our walk.
So a realy nice walk on a lovely winters day.
Joke of the day.
There's nothing worse than a Doctor's Receptionist who insists you tell her what is wrong with you, in a room full of other patients. I know most of us have experienced this and I love the way this old guy handled it.
A 75-year-old man walked into a crowded waiting room and approached the
desk. The Receptionist said, 'Yes sir, what are you seeing the Doctor for today?'
"There's something wrong with my d*ck", he replied.
The receptionist became irritated and said, "You shouldn't come into a crowded waiting room and say things like that".
"Why not, you asked me what was wrong and I told you", he said.
The Receptionist replied: "Now you've caused some embarrassment in this room full of people".
You should have said there is something wrong with your ear or something and discussed the problem further with the Doctor in private.
The man replied,"You shouldn't ask people questions in a roomful of strangers if the answer could embarrass anyone".
The man walked out, waited several minutes, and then re-entered.
The Receptionist smiled smugly and asked, "Yes??"
"There's something wrong with my ear", he stated.
The Receptionist nodded approvingly and smiled, knowing he had taken her advice.
"And what is wrong with your ear, Sir?"
'I can't p*ss out of it,' he replied.
The waiting room erupted in laughter.
Mess with seniors and you're going to lose!