Just back from my latest StoryWalk – a Lammas week Up the River Dart in the good company of a Wild Fisherman, a Storyteller, a Geologist, a Mover, A Czech Overtoner, and a beautiful Chinese walker, a playful French mademoiselle, and a Geisha and her family.
Click the Mixcloud link to the right to hear my radio show about the Dart, and the tale of our adventures.
We set out from Dartmouth,after a swim at Sugary Cove.
We crossed over to Kinsgwear by the lower ferry
and walked to Greenway then took a boat.
We threw rose petals in to the water at Vire Island.
with a mosaic artist, and acquired a new pilgrim there who helped us with our camp.
We boarded the steam train at Staverton and followed the river along to Buckfastleigh.
We walked between the river
and the abbey at Buckfast.
We walked through Henbury woods
and saw the first modern day archimedes screw in England, at the River Dart Country Park.
We camped at Summerhill.
We walked through Holne Chase Ancient Woodlands
and found bilberries, the traditional food to eat at Lammas.
We walked along the river’s gorge and then had to climb its steep sides to get out.
We ate Rabbit Pie at the Forest Inn then learnt how to make a fishing rod.
We stayed at Huccaby Farm and heard the tale of Tobit at St Raphael’s chapel.
We saw Dartmeet and walked on across moorland to Beardown Farm , stopping for drinks at Prince Hall Hotel of the privileged view.
We walked through Wystman’s woods to the source of the West Dart and back again.
There were shooting stars in the skies as we camped that night by the river and told our story.
“Like when God throws a star
and everyone looks up
to see that whip of sparks
and then it’s gone” *
Next year we’re doing it all over again! Come join us!
Next month we are walking to the source of the East Dart. Watch for updates!
The video, and photos of the stretch from Wystman’s Woods to source, unless otherwise stated, are courtesy of Matthew Needham.
* excerpt from “Memorial” by Alice Oswald.