Horse Riding on DARTMOOR

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Map B5: Avon Dam Reservoir.    Printable Version

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Good riding to moor edge Medium hills, good riding around edge of moor, poor ground to North West


Poor ground to North West,unrideable bridlepaths: south of Shipley Bridge 678 623 and Huntingdon Warren 660 660.Dangerous "Drainage ditches" deep and narrow on hillside south of Buckland Ford SX 660 658 Avon Dam county lane from South Brent is busy in summer with tourists, cars and the tarmac access road up to the Dam busy with cyclists and children. Avoid steep ground around River Avon below Dam, except where shown to cross by the Dam and north of Dockwell Ridge


Bala Brook crossing difficult to find, from North, look for Redbrook coming down opposite, crossing is below. From South,head north approx from Ball Gate for half mile around Brent Fore Hill,cross leat where joins Redbrook and follow Redbrook down on west bank to Bala Brook ,difficult crossing in flood and long road detour if impassable about 5 miles via Ball Gate and along country lanes


C Circular route, mostly easy to follow (see above).Route Z

Zeal Tor Tramway follows a steady incline all the way up to Red Lake, but is not easy to follow in bad visibility.

Points of interest

Lots of good riding and interesting places. Avon Dam road is pretty, and theshipley Bridge car park has toilets and an ice cream van in summer.

Access / Parking:Shipley Bridge SX 680 630 good parking out of season only (v. busy at peak times )but up quite long winding lane from South Brent. Otherwise poor, just road verges or friendly farms


Find the Moor Edge and hug wall until you find bridleway off; If on west side of River Avon avoid steep ground and go south to Shipley Bridge.

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