Shipley Bridge by River Avon to White Barrows

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This walk should not be attempted in foggy weather and a good compass and map is needed for the moorland section of the walk. This moderate walk has only one hard climb and takes the walker from the local beauty spot of Shipley Bridge, up to the moors by following the route of the River Avon, right up past the Avon Reservoir and on up to the west side of Huntingdon Warren. During part of this section, you are walking on the historic Abbots Way path across the moor. The Avon is finally crossed via a clapper bridge and a steep uphill section follows.

After this short strenuous climb the walk takes you south and up to a cross on the skyline and shortly after, to Western White Barrow. To the east lies the aptly named Eastern White Barrow with its distinctive shape, looking like a submarine from a distance. The views from both Western and Eastern White Barrows are excellent. The walk is all downhill from Eastern White Barrow as it sweeps across the moors to Black Tor. From here the route goes on down until Shipley Bridge car park lies immediately below.

England - South West England - Devon - Dartmoor

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Great Views, Hills or Fells, Toilets, Wildlife
09/12/2003 - Sam Roebuck

It's a great walk! If you don't fancy the trackless moorland section, you can minimise it by continuing over the ridge at WM 11 (SSW). You will soon meet a path. Turn left, and this parallels the moorland route, bringing you out at the Hunter's Stone (WM 2).

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