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.