A collection of walks, discoveries, insights and pictures of exploring Dartmoor National Park
July 29, 2020
HAMLYNS LEAT FROM HOLY BROOK TO UPPER (HAMLYNS) MILL AT BUCKFAST
Steve Grigg and Frank Collinson
Hamlyn’s Leat (Holne Moor Leat) was necessary to run a water wheel at the mill run by the Hamlyn’s in the 19th century. They were fellmongers, buying sheepskins and selling wool and pelts separately. The head of water provided by the Holy Brook wasn’t sufficient to drive the wheel, so the brook was supplemented with water from the high Moor. The leat (higher) take off is at Horse Ford on the O Brook, it then winds around Combestone Tor and Hangmans Pit. It now enters a pipe on the west side of Venford reservoir and emerges again on the east side. It then provides water (via bullseyes) to a few farmsteads before crossing the Holne – Hexworthy Road. It then goes over a mini aqueduct (crossing Holne Town Gutter) before entering Great Combe and thence onto the Holy Brook.