1. The final volunteer day of 2016

      Last Friday, 16th December, 11 volunteers turned out in festive mood to clear a section of the Devonport Leat near Clearbrook. A recent recruit, Clare, braved Derek’s eagle-eyed supervision to have a go at strimming. By lunchtime, fuelled by Rachel’s excellent Christmas cake, we had cleared most of the way to the golf course. In…

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    2. Dartmoor’s Highest – DPA walk

      On Saturday 10 October, 13 members of DPA walked to Dartmoor’s highest point, the Yes Tor/High Willhays ridge.  Unfortunately, low cloud at about 1500 ft obscured the views on some of the first half of the walk but caused no problems in navigation.  Having had lunch at the top of Yes Tor, we returned over…

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    3. A brilliant day on Devonport Leat

      Friday 6th February saw the motley crew that is the DPA Conservation Team assembling in the car park beside Plymouth Leat on the road down to Clearbrook.  Derek met us there to collect my own tools and then drove via Chub Tor to the end of the tarmac road to deliver the tools to the…

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    4. Devonport Leat on a sunny day

      Perhaps I should thank Helios, the Greek sun god? Friday 23rd January was a quite glorious day on our part of Dartmoor, as the photos below show, although the sun faded just as we finished work, with perfect timing. When I got home, the rain set in – the weather forecast was quite accurate. This…

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    5. Plymouth and Devonport Leats – two for the price of one!

      Friday 9th January was a grey day as the DPA Conservation Team congregated in the car park by the leat on the road down to Clearbrook.  The group was split into two parties with four people driving to the end section of Drake’s Plymouth Leat while the remainder walked to the west end of the tunnel…

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    6. Devonport Leat – 6 Mar. 2014

      It started with a quick sortie to get a puncture repair kit for the wheelbarrow that was required to carry some tools. Go Outdoors was nearest and I have used their green “Slime” before. At about 9.30 am I was in the Clearbrook car park removing the valve from the flat tyre, squirting in the…

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    7. Devonport Leat – season completed

      Our last entry reported that we had reached the end of the leat. However, the DPA Leat Team doesn’t leave things at that! Fortuitously, we had one more day left on the calendar, Thursday 14th March. We used it to walk the whole length of the leat that was the subject of this current project….

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    8. Devonport Leat – mission accomplished!

      Thursday 28th February saw the DPA Conservatiom Team achieve an objective – we reached the end of the section of Devonport Leat that we had been tasked with clearing of scrub. The actual length was 2.0 km (1.24 miles). I first walked the leat with our C.E.O. on  Mon. 17 Jan. 2011 and I thought “Wowee,…

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    9. Devonport Leat project – back on track

      Halleluia! If I could sing that like Mrs Brown on Mrs Brown’s Boys, I would, but I can’t, and you are all the luckier for it! Saturday 16th February 2013 was our 25th day of working on the Devonport Leat project. This was after cancelling this particular work day three times in succession because of…

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    10. Roborough Common leats flow again!

      Both of the leats on Roborough Common (Plymouth and Devonport leats) were seen to be running with water on Friday, 21st December 2012, following two days (and a summer and autumn) of heavy rain. The previous day, the Thursday, had been scheduled as a DPA work day on Devonport Leat but this was cancelled. This…

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