Red Lake Railway (Dismantled)/Puffing Billy Track, Harford, Dartmoor National Park

Red Lake Railway (Dismantled)/Puffing Billy Track, Harford, Dartmoor National Park

Red Lake Railway transported workers and equipment from Bittaford and the Ivybridge area to Red Lake China Clay Works. It carried back waste material to be used as fertiliser.

Built between 1910 and 1912, the remaining trackbed is now a long but solid path that takes you into the heart of Dartmoor's south moor.

There's another clay work on the railway called Left Lake China Clay Works.

There's a third clay work at Petre's Pit. This used Zeal Tor Tramway to take workers and equipment up from the Shipley Bridge area. Note that Zeal Tor Tramway was originally built to transport peat from Green Hill and the surrounding moorland. You can see evidence of peat cutting on Google's satellite imagery.

Today, Red Lake Railway is part of the Two Moors Way. A path climbs from Ivybridge and connects with the trackbed. It then snakes up to Left Lake China Clay Works and then Red Lake China Clay Works. You pass superb barrows on your way.

People mountain bike, run, horse ride and walk the trackbed.