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Braddon Lake Rocks

There is a scattering of large rocks at Braddon Lake Ford to the north-west of Postbridge that comprise two main clusters. The first, at grid reference SX 63507 79676, is adjacent to the ford and presents as a few distinctive boulders that are perched atop a huge slab of pale granite bedrock. Here, Braddon Lake begins its swift descent into a narrow combe that is overlooked by the huge whaleback of Broad Down via a miniature waterfall. The Lake (on Dartmoor this word commonly refers to flowing water) is known to swell after prolonged rainfall which can make it dangerous to cross and impassable to walkers so great care is to be taken when negotiating the crossing.

The second outcrop, at SX 63622 79641, is embedded into a hillside of furze and is best seen when walking back to Drift Lane and Postbridge from the ford. This is the larger of the two sections and from its top the views open up to encapsulate the course of Braddon Lake before it enters the East Dart, an area that is a notorious mire best avoided.

Braddon Lake Rocks are situated right at the point where the walker will either begin their steep climb up the side of Broad Down and thence the inner depths of the North Moor, or be visited on their way back to Postbridge on the homeward stretch. Their interest is somewhat belittled by the surrounding heights and often overlooked, but the scene here is worth a look when travelling in either direction because of the strange shapes of the granite and the wonderful little waterfall in the Lake.

Braddon Lake Rocks
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Grid Ref:
SX 6350 7967
Dartmoor Forest
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