Dartmoor: A stroll up the East Okement
|The wonderful East Okement Valley|
Just off the Exeter Road, near Okehampton, a narrow lane drops down to Father Ford, on the East Okement river. There is a small area for parking, but little need for me to use it with home being so close.
|Heading down to Father Ford|
|The Viaduct near Father Ford|
|Following the East Okement Valley Footpath|
Jenny How, of Visit Dartmoor, later told me that not many people pass the stepping stones, and sure enough, I had the valley all to myself once crossed.
|Stepping Stones for times of higher water|
Eventually, the open moor comes into sight, at Chapel Ford. Like Father Ford, further downstream, using it would lead to a soggy boot or two, but there is a perfectly good bridge to get you across the river.
|The bridge onto the moor near Chapel Ford|