The Ruddy Cleave – no I’m not being rude.

The Ruddycleave is one of Dartmoor’s smaller rivers, in fact I’m not sure if it even qualifies as a river, but it was very popular today. We took advantage of the dry conditions to walk up the Rippon Tor side of the river, which is normally very boggy. Well, it was still boggy in places, but less so and so more passable.

It is a classic small Dartmoor river, one minute running through a cutting in the peat and the next opening out into small pools. Rocky enjoyed the chance to have a dip and cool down.

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He wasn’t the only one, with plenty of people enjoying the day. Upstream these Galaways where enjoying the lush grass in the mire. I like to think of them as delicious, slow-growing beef on the hoof.

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By the time we got back to the car another animal was in need of a cooling drink- room service for Rocky!

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