Today, under a clear blue sky and hot sun, 20 of us turned out on the leat. My thanks once more to Barry & Tanya, Bill, Bob, Chris, Clifton, Derek, Elaine & John, Janet, John & Rachel, Kathy, Keith B, Nigel, Roger, Stephanie, Sylvia and Val.
We started at the leat bridge on the road that runs across the golf course from the A386. When we started there was no sign of a leat but when we finished, it was in plain sight. The bridge was masked on each side by undergrowth in the leat, mainly brambles, so that it was completely hidden from view. After strimming, it re-emerged as if from a lost time.
On this occasion, we had a real Indian summer day, the temperature reached 25°C (according to the sensor on my car). Luckily, on checking the weather forecast the day before, I had sent out a group email warning of warm weather and suggesting bringing cold drinks – not something you normally do on 29th September on Dartmoor. If I had had the telephone number of an ice-cream van, I would have called it!
Today, we worked on a stretch that was about 70 yards long, beyond which the bramble and bracken undergrowth disappeared. We removed all the undergrowth and several trees, leaving just trees between this point and (I believe) the far end of the leat – except for some brambles near Yelverton. The stretch of leat was not quite finished but we left it very tidy and we will resume work on it on the next work day – Thurs 13th Oct. I bet the weather will be different then!
PS. Today, we had flapjacks – thanks, Val!
PPS. You can see the difference our Conservation Team makes – there is now a DPA web page that illustrates Devonport Leat – before and after conservation work.