The DPA work party of volunteers did another day’s magnificent work on the Devonport Leat on Thursday 23rd October when a huge length of the old  1801 leat into Devonport was cleared.  Unfortunately I had an appointment at the eye infirmary and was planning to join the party later.  When I returned home to change into more appropriate garb, I was delayed with a DPA web site issue by which time I was heading for a late lunch. At this point, I assumed the party would finish at the normal time and decided I might not catch them “at it” ! I stayed at home and maybe I should do this each time considering the amount of work they got through !!

Starting point, this section was left for the next visit.

Starting point, this section was left for the next visit.

The volunteers, who braved a wet start, were Bill Radcliffe, Chris Francis, Derek Collins (tool master), Elaine Viant, Hilary Luce, John Watson, Nigel Peace, Peter Butcher, Rachel Watson, Stephen Barrow, Sylvia Hamilton, and Val Barns – 12 in total. Having visited the site with the Secretary of the Roborough Commoners Association yesterday (27th)  and seen the conditions, it crossed my mind to christen them The Dirty Dozen! However, they joined later by the very welcome long-term volunteer, Kathy Pemberton.  My thanks to all for their great effort.

Cleared leat - in wet, misty conditions.

Cleared leat – in wet, misty conditions.

The photograph above shows a representative result of the work – cleared leat. Considering that lengths of the leat were practically hidden from view, this is very good.

The end of the section.

The end of the section.

The volunteers reached the end of this section, where it disappears under the A386 road that runs from Roborough to Yelverton.

Devonport Leat disappearing under the A386.

Devonport Leat disappearing under the A386.

The leat enters a channel or pipe under the main road and re-emerges on the other side of the road.  The good news here is that there is more work waiting on the other side of the road – so the cake can keep coming (Sec. of the Commoners Association’s little quip – he reads this, y’know!). Today there was iced ginger cake (which, sadly, I wasn’t there for) and also fruit cake – thank you to Rachel, such a valuable team member, especially when wearing the mantle of the Cake Queen! Perhaps one day I will make pasties ………………..

My GPS measurement of the length cleared today is 370 metres (404 yards), close to a quarter of a mile. This excludes any work going back towards Yelverton from the starting point of the day.  The length done is shown on the Google Aerial view of the project seen HERE – between the two blue teardrop markers next to the main road.

PS – Clicking on photographs reveals a larger image.
PS2 – “Thumbwheeling” on the Google map zooms in for a closer look or out for an overview.