It’s that time of year when our minds turn towards getting out and about for some fresh air and walks, so to get you thinking about where you’d like to have your own adventures this year I thought I’d tell you about one of my favourite local spots for a wander.
This is one of those places that’s for those times when you want to hear nothing but water lapping at your feet, your phone doesn’t have any signal so you’re free for as long as you like, and you can just take some time out for an hour or two…and it’s the Avon Dam on Dartmoor.
If you’ve never been up to the dam then I fear my less than professional photo might not do it justice, but try to imagine a leafy walk that takes you from the car park at Shipley Bridge, through deserted moorland and right up to the looming dam. Do a bit of clambering up the side of the dam and you can step over it to the banks of the lake – and that’s when you’ll be glad you did all that walking.
The water stretches as far as the eye can see, the sun glints on the surface and you feel miles away from anywhere…which you are in a way but that’s part of the charm. Whether you walk along the bank or just plop down and read for a while, this is the kind of spot where you can just sit back for a bit and have a think about whatever it is you need to ponder as the new year starts.
One of the nicest things about this walk is that you can’t really get lost. It’s pretty much one pathway for the four miles from the car park right to the foot of the dam, and for much of the way the river gushes past on one side with plenty of opportunity for that “look at me trekking on Dartmoor” action shot.