Dartmoor Explorations

A collection of walks, discoveries, insights and pictures of exploring Dartmoor National Park


Steve Grigg

Map 2
The southern end of the route, from Cantrell to Sharp Tor. The black squares are the pipeline inspection points, which follow (approximately) the course of the tramway. The tramway was first surveyed in 1909 by R. Hansford-Worth and was officially opened on 11th September 1911
Riding 1
Cantrell. The chimney was for the two pan dry kilns. The vertical brick columns were the outer part of two linhays. The loading platform was used to load the refined clay onto Railway wagons.
Riding 2
Cantrell. Originally there were 12 settling tanks here (line of buildings with pitched roofs). Now there are only 10.
Riding 3
Top of the incline plane. Wagons were raised and lowered down to Cantrell here. It is also the place where the clay pipeline left the moor. The final inspection point 76 is nearby. Inspection points 77-80 are now gone.
IP 73-76
Clay Pipeline inspection points 73-76
Riding 4
Locomotive shed.
Riding 5
Locomotive C.A. Hansen with a train load of coal or sand, standing on the loop line at the head of the incline. The building is the winding house
Riding 6
Raised bank on tramway. Not really necessary but highly likely the surveyor (Hansford Worth) insisted on this to protect the Addicombe huts immediately to the west. This attention to detail becomes more acute when you see the pipeline passes the other side of the huts.
IP 67-72
Clay Pipeline inspection points 67-72
Riding 7
Two Moors Way turn off point from tramway
IP 61-66
Clay Pipeline inspection points 61-66
IP 55-60
Clay Pipeline inspection points 55-60
Riding 8
Exposed clay pipes showing depth blow ground inspection point 63
Riding 9
Vandalised inspection point 58
Riding 10
Inspection point 53, almost engulfed with vegetation. View from the pipeline to Butter Brook reservoir.
IP 49-54
Clay Pipeline inspection points 49-54
Riding 11
Spurrells Cross sacred pool next to the tramway
Riding 12
Tramway climbing towards Spurrell’s Cross – Butter Brook Valley on left of photograph
Riding 13
Tramway climbing near Sharp Tor – Looking south
Riding 14
Inspection point 38 with low flying Chinook !
IP 43-48
Clay Pipeline inspection points 43-48
IP 37-42
Clay Pipeline inspection points 37-42

Map 1
Northern end of the tramway and pipeline from Sharp Tor area to Red Lake
Riding 15
View from Inspection point 39, to Sharp Tor, the Erme Valley and Stalldown Barrow.
Riding 16
Inspection point 33 near Sharp Tor
Riding 17
Concrete casing of pipeline on the slopes of Sharp Tor
Riding 17a
Pipeline concrete encasement at Sharp Tor
Riding 18
The tramway approaching Three Barrows.
Riding 19
Embankment under Three Barrows
IP 31-36
Clay Pipeline inspection points 31-36
Riding 20
Inspection point 30, high above the Erme
IP 25-30
Clay Pipeline inspection points 25-30
Riding 21
Broken pipeline
Riding 22
Leftlake mica and sand drags
IP 19-24
Clay Pipeline inspection points 19-24
Riding 23
Leftlake bridge, which carried both the tramway and the clay pipeline
Riding 24
Leftlake workings from on top of spoil heap
Riding 25
Concrete structure across track just north of Leftlake
Riding 26
Unknown building alongside track just north of Leftlake
Riding 27
Flooded track heading towards Quickbeam Hill
Riding 28
Concrete encased conduit after 5 miles and 45 chains. SX64539 63881
IP 13-18
Clay Pipeline inspection points 13-18
Riding 29
Pipeline concrete bridge near Quickbeam Hill. Another concrete bridge for the pipeline. SX65101 64510. This bridge has 10 arches.
Riding 30
Pipeline concrete bridge at Quickbeam Hill
Riding 31
This is the third concrete bridge carrying the twin pipes. 6 miles and 65 chains. It is at GR SX65226 65073
Riding 32
Clay eye’s view
Riding 33
Broken Pipe
IP 7-12
Clay Pipeline inspection points 7-12
Riding 34
Embankment at Greenhill Micas. 6 miles and 70 chains from the locomotive shed
IP 1-6
Clay Pipeline inspection points 1-6
Riding 35
Part of the Greenhill Micas complex
Riding 35a
Brick at Greenhill Micas
Riding 36
Red Lake Cottage
Riding 37
Explosives Hut
Riding 38
Quickbeam Quarry
Riding 39
Final peat cutting before Red Lake
Riding 40
Digging the final cutting, circa 1911. Note the double flanged wagon wheels.
Riding 41
The gang who built the tramway
Riding 42
The two reservoirs at Red Lake. The left one collected water from the boundary leat, the right one was recycled water from Greenhill micas
Riding 43
Foundations of the Winding Engine, the flooded pit and the sky tip

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  1. paul November 21, 2020

    Great post Steve

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