A wet walk on both sides of the river Plym

Looking up the river Plym
I guess by now I should be immune to weather forecasts however just before I left the house the forecast on the radio said “mostly sunny with little wind” – wrong!  Given just how wet it has been over the winter (seems a very long time ago I was blogging about the drought) the idea of a day without rain, even after prolonged spells of it, seemed like a good idea for a walk.  Having walked quite a bit of the south and eastern moors in the past few weeks we decided to walk up the river Plym from the Cadover Bridge area.  We set off going up the east side of the river and quickly realised that the ground was very wet indeed.

Fast flowing on the rover Plym
Even quite minor tributaries were challenging to cross in places and the leat running along the eastern side had breached its walls in places so that, in one case, it was easier to cross over the leat than try and cross the breach.  The predicted sun didn’t really appear and, while nothing like as cold as some of the walks recently, there was quite a wind blowing.

Looking down the Plym
Arriving at the upper end of the Plym near Plym Ford we found a fairly sheltered spot for a break.  The view above is from near where we stopped.  When I originally thought of this route my real reservation was whether we would be able to cross the Plym at all however it was actually easier to cross the river here than it had been to cross the tributaries earlier.  We walked up the old track towards Eylesbarrow passing the disused tin workings that litter the area.  The track itself was often more a stream than a track in places however the walking was quite good as the track was solid unlike much of the ground covered up until then.

Antoquities close to the Plym
From here we started down the western bank of the Plym although initially some way away from the river. Passing over Higher Hartor Tor we made our way down through the antiquities in Drizzlecombe.  One of the stone rows can be seen in the image above.  The area has barrows, standing stones, cairns and stone rows and is interesting from an archaeological viewpoint.  Continuing on down the valley we stopped at Ditsworthy Warren House (used in the film War Horse) as it offered a little shelter from the wind.  Both Drizzlecombe and Ditsworthy Warren have been blogged by me previously – just use “search” to find them.

Setting off again we realised that the stretch of the walk that remained covered an area neither of us were familiar with. Although we have both walked the moors for many years it was refreshing to realise that there are some small areas still to explore more. There are a number of reasonable paths between Legis Tor and the Plym and we tried to find the driest of these as we made our way back.  Getting closer to Cadover Bridge we could see the car on the far side but we still had to walk back to the bridge to cross over the river – it was far too wide at this stage to consider anything else.  In a number of places there were “tide lines” showing us just how high the Plym has been recently.  Some of these were several feet from the actual bank of the river.  Having thoroughly enjoyed the walk we have agreed to go back and do roughly the same walk in better weather.  While it was very wet under foot it was great to get out while it was not raining nor extremely cold which it has been all too often recently.