2 river junctions, Dartmoor
2 river junctions, Dartmoor Yelverton Reviews
Which is best? Pass Nov 15, 2010
It would have been 3 if Dartmeet were not already covered under River Dart. If I were forced to put them in order, Dartmeet would come third anyway - not from any scenic infriority but because it is one of the most visited spots on Dartmoor.
When I was a boy and we used to go there a lot, Shaugh Bridge was also easy to reach as there was a halt on the old Great Western railway line from Plymouth to tavistock South and Launceston. That made it an ideal place for children. Almost under the bridge the small rivers of the Meavy and the cad join to form the Plym. However some parts of the Cam, including its source, have names connected with the Plym. All the rivers are well wooded and above the Cad rises the Dewerstone rock. it is almost impossible to run out of routes to be .explored.
The other spot, where the Walkham runs into the Tavy, itself a tributary of the Tamar, cannot be reached without a short walk, though whichever way you reach it you are hardly likely to find this a drawback as the paths are very beautiful. There are still old mine workings nearby. Again both rivers have splendid wooded valleys.
Something has gone badly wrong with my attempt to put up directions for finding these sites and the Yelverton shown on the map is not the one I meant. So I am copying my initial instructions here.
Go to http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/
On the map put in 'Buckland Monachorum' and you will see Double Waters approx. NNW
Then get Bickleigh and you will find a river junction half way between there and Shaugh Prior. This is at Shaugh Bridge.
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