2019-08-07 River Erme – Led by Ursula

Report by Ursula & Val:
Led by Ursula on a lovely sunny summer’s day eleven walkers set off from the Sportsmans Inn – heading up Station Road to Longtimber Woods. We then followed the “Kings Gutter” leat before a steep descent through woodlands to the River Erme below.
Following the river a stop was made to view the “Tinners Mortar Stone” – a large stone with a bowl carved in it – used by tinners panning the river for fragments of tin in the rock particles.  This was then pounded to a powder to extract the tin.
Further along is the swimming pool with the orginal sluice gate mechanism converted by 2nd World War American Troops stationed nearby.
Nearing the end of the walk you pass under the Brunel Viaduct constructed in 1876 to replace the previous timber bridge.  You can still see the original stone piers which supported the timber bridge built in 1848.
Leaving the Woodlands and the River behind it was a short stroll through Ivybridge back to the pub for a very enjoyable lunch.

Photos were taken by Norma & Helen. Be sure to watch all three slideshows then follow the links to two videos.
Norma comments – “This was a lovely woodland walk today – completely new to me.  I would like to go again in the Autumn when the beech trees change colour…
I tried taking a group photo of all of us by balancing my phone on a post and then we all shouted ‘smile’ to activate the camera…hence the strange faces.!
There wasn’t anyone around to ask as I sometimes do. ..”

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Norma also took two videos which unfortunately will not upload to this program.
The second video is especially interesting, be sure to look out for the local dare-devil. Click this link to see the two videos open in a new window