Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Into the Valley
Time for a long-ish run and in view of the claggy and breezy conditions I thought we'd head off down the Erme Valley.
We parked at Peat Cott (fast becoming a regular start point), down to Nun's Cross, Plym Ford and Broad Rock. The Erme was a bit lively after all the rain so we kept to the right bank, skirted Erme Pits and through Hortensford Bottom (more to come later for you fans of Dartmoor names!)
Just beyond Erme Pound and opposite Hook Lake a small tributary cuts through a steep-sided little valley bearing the scars of long ceased tin-workings and the remains of Bronze Age huts and enclosures. Both the stream and the workings are un-named on the OS map, but to those who know the moor these are Green Lake and Knackersmill Gulf respectively. 'Knack' is not uncommon in Dartmoor place-names and is thought to derive from Middle English meaning a sharp cracking sound. Wonderful name for a spot, anyway and well worth a visit just for that.
On the way back the weather gods smiled yet again and held off the torrential rain until we were back in the car.