Kingswear Castle

There’s a stiff northerly wind blowing but I reason that the tree covered south facing shore of the River Dart estuary should provide a certain amount of shelter, and, as the shore is south facing it should be in the sunshine.  That will be nice.  It is also coming up to high tide which will also…

Left Lake Circular

It’s a glorious day; not particularly hot and there is a fresh breeze, but I do not seem to be able to get my head in gear.  So before I hash anything else up on the carnival float I think it’s time to call it a day and get in some fresh water. The breeze…

Obstacle Course

Since I last walked along the bank here just 3 weeks ago the path has almost vanished under spring growth, grass that barely covered my boots is now up to my knees.  The apple trees are in full bloom, which seems a little bit late though I imagine it is dependent on the varieties, whereas…

Miles and Miles

For a reason or reasons I have yet to even satisfactorily explain to myself I have decided to swim from the dual sources of the River Dart to the sea; in all about 50 miles, to connect up with my coastal swim from the mouth of the Dart to the mouth of the Teign, in…

Rapids and Islands

The water level in the river was perhaps a little bit up with the stony channel between the bank and the islands running with a trickle of water instead of being a dry bed.  However, at the main pool on the bend of the river, the flow appeared no more than expected and the water was…

A Moment in the Spotlight

The river races into this moss walled grotto, clattering over the stones and running at full tilt towards the wall of rock.  Little sunshine filters down beneath the crowding trees on the high bank and the water looks inky black until it is turned aside and thrown briefly into sunshine to reveal the true dark auburn colour. …