18th October Venford Reservoir and Bench Tor

This walk was led by Norma who writes:-

Eleven of us met at Venford reservoir car park in low cloud – 9 degrees. There was no wind so we knew there was no chance of seeing the sun….
All clad in suitable gear, we happily set off around the reservoir path…
Although we couldnt see across the water, the mist, the colour of the bracken, the lichen and the smell of wet vegetation was all very atmospheric…
Because of the mist, I decided to go eastwards directly up to Bench Tor (313 metres)and not via a route to see the leats.
Bench Tor tops a spur of land that juts out into the Dart Gorge with spectular views…but we couldn’t see them !  However, we could hear the river Dart in the gorge far down below us.!
We all agreed that we should return on a fine, sunny day.!
After walking back down to the dam and CP we drove down to Buckfast Abbey and we’re joined by K&M.  For some, it was their first visit so we looked inside the Abbey and at the gardens. After which, we enjoyed a good lunch and chat..
An excellent menu in an interesting setting…

Click on the picture to see Norma’s photos

We were sorry to have missed this walk, as it is one of our favourites. I can’t resist including a link to the video I made after Graham led this same walk in August 2011