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West Cleave Gorge

Estimated to run some 300 metres, the scene along the East Okement, where the flow gathers pace over bedrock to its confluence with Moor Brook at Waters Meet, is one of impressive crags, a fine waterfall (grid ref. SX 6078 9366), plunge pools and waterslides (SX 6076 9393).

Eric Hemery writes of this picturesque stretch; "As the river leaves Chapel Ford, it divides at an island; below this is a fine cascade, the commencement of a stretch of cleave river as beautiful as any on Dartmoor. There follows a large pool and falls that plunge the river into a deep trough of slaty border rock, the beginning of a dark glen wherein the roar of water is constant. The glen opens below West Cleave Rocks onto a sylvan glade, where a brighter light is admitted to sparkle on a lengthy waterslide, below which the river divides at an island."

Like many river paths, this one following the left bank, can be slippery when wet and care should be taken, particularly at its upper reach by the waterfall.

West Cleave Gorge
The map above is not a navigation tool and we recommend that the grid reference shown below is used in conjunction with an Ordnance Survey map and that training in its use with a compass is advised.
Grid Ref:
SX 607 937
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Eric Hemery
Eric Hemery (1983): High Dartmoor
Paul Buck: Dartmoor News Issue 181 Nov/Dec 2021: Exploring the Tors and Rocks of West Cleave and Halstock Wood

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