A Double Dartmoor Dam!!


Shilley Pool - extended without thought to erosion

Shilley Pool - extended without thought to erosion

Shilley Pool is a favourite spot on Blackaton Brook for many a sunworshiper and for those wanting a dip in the cool and refreshing Dartmoor water. Recently however, someone (probably a group) has decided that the man made dam, which creates the pool, was not big or deep enough and has set about digging out a large section at the edge in order to find new boulders and turf to raise the height of the dam.

Shilley Pool - with an appropriate dam

Shilley Pool - with an appropriate dam

Unfortunately, by doing this (which is illegal anyway) they have increased the chances of bank erosion which could destroy the very area that people come to enjoy! The area has been returned to as near normal as possible by the sheer brute force of the local Ranger

However….he has just been informed that his efforts have been in vain as it has been dug out again!

Double Dam !!

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