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Friday, 8 April 2011

A Walk Around Meldon Reservoir (Devon)

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We attempted to repeat this walk in December 2011, only to find part of the path blocked by the landowner. It is no longer possible to make a complete circuit of the reservoir.

Rachel near Meldon Reservoir

While we were on holiday in Devon last month, we were looking at a map of the area and spotted a small reservoir nearby. Now, I don't know about you, but reservoirs always seem to me to be good places to go for a walk. They usually have a path around the outside and you get loads of great views over the water as you walk. This was no exception, and the bright yellow gorse bushes added an extra splash of colour to the landscape.

Meldon Reservoir

Meldon Reservoir

Being a strange kind of tourist, I also find myself fascinated by the incredible hulks of engineering that are dams. It must be quite a challenge to build one of these in the path of a river.

Meldon Reservoir

Thanks to Andy for taking most of the photos on this walk!


becky said...

Awesome landscape!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Love the pics, interesting place

Rachel said...

Yes, the engineering always rather astonishes me, too. And so many of them were built before serious power tools became available!

Stephanie V said...

Our reservoirs are off limits to hiking and walking. Our water views are always the sea - not a bad thing at all. A little hard to see sometimes from the forest trails we walk.

HalfCrazy said...

Oh I like trails like these! I especially like the 2nd and 3rd pictures. I can't remember the first and probably the last dam I've been. But I think I've been in one?!

Jacqueline said...

Nice countryside Rachel. Lucky you :)

Charlotte said...

Beautiful pictures, Rachel! I've also always been fascinated by amazing feats of engineering.

Graham said...

We stayed at a gorgeous little village near Meldon called Belstone a few years ago and walked on the moors and around the reservoir. It's a beautiful area - we hardly came across anyone - there were more Dartmoor ponies than people!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Lovely reminder of home - thank you.

Rabbit Hole Report said...

You're the best kind of tourist, Rachel. A curious one! And good with the photos too. Interesting you should post images of water because I recently read this passage in Henriette Anne Klauser's Write It Down, Make It Happen:

"Being near water–one of the four elements of life–is conducive to creativity. Princeton scholar Julian Jaynes says the greatest scientific and mathematical discoveries happen in the 'Three Bs: the bed, the bath, and the bus.' The middle 'b' is not just 'bath,' but includes all contact with water, including taking a shower, being on a boat, swimming in a lake, and walking in the rain."

Between the frequent UK rain and the reservoir, no wonder you're so creative. :) Forgive the ramble!

Deirdre said...

Absolutely beautiful photographs! I'm so envious of your travels.

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