What can I say? The DPA volunteers sallied out again on Thursday 9th October into a very grey day, meeting at the main Clearbrook car park beside Drake’s Plymouth Leat. After the last workday, which involved staff from Exeter University (26 Sept. 2014), we returned to the area where we finished working on 6th March prior to the nesting season. On realising that this really finished where the leat met the golf course, we returned to the start of that section where the first 60 metres or so had never been cleared of scrub.
The photograph above shows the area where we started, close to the tunnel entrance.
Still working near the tunnel …..
And again …….
A machinist is right at the entrance of the tunnel …..
The tunnel entrance is now visible …..
Looking inside the tunnel – this is actually the exit, at the Clearbrook end – the entrance is at the Yelverton end, 200 metres distant. I walked through the tunnel on 3rd August 2011.
There is a clapper bridge along this section that was well and truly hidden. The volunteers involved today were Bill Radcliffe, Chris Francis, Derek Collins (Tool Master), Hilary Luce (Cake Queen, with delicious fruit cake), John Watson, Keith Ryan, Nigel Peace, Rachel Watson, Stephen Barrow, Sylvia Hamilton and Val Barns, making a total of 12.
The photograph above shows a stone lining the leat that is seven paces before the clapper bridge. It looks a s if it may have been “robbed” from the nearby Tyrwhitt’s Tramway although we have not measured the railway granite setts for comparison.
This photograph was taken near the end of work in heavy rain – clearly I had not communed enough with the weather gods!
A final view of the well-cleared clapper bridge. This point is marked on the Google Aerial view of the project area, HERE.
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