Red Lake Ford, South Brent, Dartmoor National Park

Red Lake Ford, South Brent, Dartmoor National Park

Each year, many people follow the path marked 'Abbot's Way' on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map. This path crosses Dartmoor's high south moor. Because so many rivers and streams rise on the high south moor, you have to ford these waterways when following the route. One of the most isolated fording places is at Red Lake near Red Lake Mire and Red Lake China Clay Works.

We've positioned Red Lake Ford on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

As you can see from the photos for this listing, the ford is small by Dartmoor standards. In addition, the stream is narrow so you can hop across if you don't fancy using the ford. The ground south of the stream is good. The ground north of the stream is more boggy and covered with tall grass and rushes. That said, you shouldn't experience any problems following the Abbot's Way here. Avoid Red Lake Mire east of the ford. Note that there's another fording area down the hill west of Red Lake Ford. This isn't marked on the OS map but when you are there, very obvious farm tracks lead down to it. This second ford is visible on Google's satellite imagery.