5) Rivers, streams and lakes
In this image, the Narrator Brook is flowing under the clapper bridge along the track that leads down from Deancombe in the Dartmoor National Park. The stone bridge is just wide enough to cross on foot or on a cycle. There are many such bridges on the moor - some quite ancient, and some much bigger - such as the iconic one at Postbridge. The track from here eventually goes uphill quite steeply to the lower slopes of Sheeps Tor. This is a particularly lovely spot to take a break when out for a walk and you can, more often than not, have the place to yourself.
Photo taken from Norsworthy Bridge, Burrator in late October. The river flows from here to the Burrator Reservoir on its way to join the River Plym at Shaugh Bridge.
The River Plym here is just south of Shaugh Bridge on the Dartmoor border in Devon, UK. After heavy rain, the river crashes noisily over the boulders and rocks of the river bed. It is a dramatic sight (and sound) at these times, but always a wonderful place to be and to walk along the riverbank. On the northern side of the bridge, which falls into Dartmoor, the River Meavy joins the Plym and from here, the river makes its way to the sea at Plymouth Sound.
This is the Newleycombe Lake, a small stream that flows from the moor to join the River Meavy at Norsworthy Bridge near the Burrator Reservoir. It clearly is not a lake, but no-one seems to know why it should be named as such. Whatever its name, it is a beautiful area along the banks of this stream and a perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic. Photo taken late August.
The Narrator Brook cuts through the track that comes from Deancombe. The track rises up steeply a little further along eventually coming to the lower slopes of Sheeps Tor. The small stone clapper bridge, is just wide enough to allow walkers and cyclists to cross, though you might choose to stop and rest awhile by the brook. It certainly is a delightful spot to stop, and maybe take some refreshments whilst enjoying the sound of the water splashing over the rocks and stones.
Along the banks of the Cherry Brook just before it flows under the bridge. It is situated along the road that runs from Two Bridges to Dartmeet in the Dartmoor National Park UK
River Plym south of Shaugh Bridge, on the edge of Dartmoor UK
The Narrator Brook cuts through a little track leading from Deancombe in the Dartmoor National Park. In this photo, you can see the small stone clapper bridge that crosses the brook - accessible to walkers and mountain bikers. Deancombe itself is reached along a track from the Norsworthy Bridge area near Burrator Reservoir. This is a lovely little spot to rest awhile and enjoy the tranquillity and sound of the flowing water.
Looking across the reservoir from the south-west side. This is a beautiful area of Dartmoor and is surrounded by woodland, tors, rivers and moorland. Plenty of places to explore, or just take a walk around the reservoir.
The low water level at the Burrator Reservoir created a 'beach' and from here, looking over the water, we can see Leather Tor on the skyline. Normally, this 'beach' is completely covered by the water. This photo was taken mid-October 2015 following a drier than normal summer.
Along the banks of the River Plym at Cadover Bridge in the Dartmoor National Park. Being located just a few miles from Plymouth, it is popular spot for a days outing and can get very busy in the summer months. An ice-cream van is usually present on the west side of the bridge. A couple of Dartmoor ponies can be seen grazing peacefully on the river-bank.
The River Plym near Cadover Bridge in the south-west area of the Dartmoor National Park. This is looking east towards Trowlesworthy Warren. Photo taken January 3rd 2017
This is the Thrushel Combe Brooke near Drizzle Combe and Ditsworthy Warren in the southwestern area of Dartmoor. It can be quite boggy around here especially after a spell of wet weather.
Looking across Burrator Reservoir to Leather Tor on the skyline. The water level was particularly low after a dry summer. Normally, the dry land in this scene would be covered in water.
The River Plym near Shaugh Bridge on the border of Dartmoor.
The River Plym, south of Shaugh Bridge in Devon on the border of Dartmoor. From this lovely part of the river, it flows on from Shaugh Bridge to Plymouth to the sea at Plymouth Sound.
An angler in silhouette at the Burrator Reservoir - Dartmoor.
Early evening in autumn at the Burrator Reservoir on Dartmoor. The water level is low following a fairly dry period. The 'beach' that becomes exposed is a lovely place to walk near the water.
The River Meavy tumbling over the mossy rocks just before reaching Norsworthy Bridge on Dartmoor. This bridge is located near the Burrator Reservoir in the southwestern area of the moor.
Newleycombe Lake - near Norsworthy Bridge in the Burrator area of Dartmoor. Newleycombe Lake, though obviously not a lake, is named as such along with several other streams on Dartmoor. Whatever its name, it is a pretty little stream with several mini waterfalls, and is a lovely wooded area for a stroll or picnic on a summer day.
Newleycombe Lake is near Norsworthy Bridge in the Burrator area of Dartmoor. This is a delightful spot to just sit and relax for a while.