The Plymouth Ramblers group were off on a coastal walk we know very well, from Noss Mayo around the coastal path to Stoke in South Devon. We set off at 9.45 to join them but within a few minutes of leaving home it was raining hard and the forecast was for it to continue on and off all day. Being wimps, we decided to return home and perhaps venture out for a shorter walk later if the rain cleared.
At low water there is a car crossing ford and a raised narrow path across to the far side. It is heavily wooded on the Bere Alston side and very steep as well. Strangely on the Dartmoor side it is relatively flat in comparison.
It was an industrialised area with lots of mining activity 150 years ago and although heavily overgrown now you can still see the last remnants of the building and mines.
I remember the area some 45 years ago and there was a lot more evidence of habitation than there is now. It is almost like a mini jungle there with the growth slowly swallowing the buildings. We wandered up river for a few hundred yards but the paths were becoming very narrow and slippery against the steep sides of the valley. Winter is coming to an end, there were wild daffodils and snowdrops in evidence, wild or the last remaining vestiges of the community which existed there a hundred years ago.