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The Torrent Walk
We have several named walks locally. There is the Panorama Walk, the Precipice Walk, and the New Precipice Walk. I've done those three many times. There is also the Torrent Walk which, for some reason, I have never managed to do in nearly 40 years of living in the area.

The reasons for this omission are various. It is a pretty wooded valley with a river tumbling through it, but there are many similar ones locally and in fact, for about seven years, we used to live in one. Also it's a bit too far to walk from home and walking there would involved a tedious trek up the main road. And yet it scarcely seems worth driving there because by the time you've decided to drive, there are many more beautiful locations within easy reach.

But today, finally, I made it! G wanted to revisit with a view to including it as one of the locations in the geology book.

Trailing ivy

I don't think I've ever noticed ivy hanging in festoons like this. It reminded me of something out of a Tarzan film.

The river runs in a deep chasm at this point.

Torrent Walk

The whole walk up and then back down the valley is probably only a couple of kilometres (1.5 miles approx). This is nearly at the highest point. just over the bridge is the main road.

Torrent Walk


After completing the walk, when we emerged from the wooded valley and returned to the car, the sun had come out!

View near Torrent Walk
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artkouros From: artkouros Date: December 29th, 2016 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Amazing.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 30th, 2016 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. The walk was created in Victorian times (or slightly earlier). You can see it's been constructed because there are stone steps in places. But the valley itself is natural, of course.
sartorias From: sartorias Date: December 29th, 2016 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful photos!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 30th, 2016 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It is a lovely valley and I'm glad I finally walked up and down it.
eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: December 29th, 2016 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very pretty!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 30th, 2016 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It is a lovely valley and I'm glad I finally walked up and down it.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: December 30th, 2016 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for sharing! The Torrent Walk is a great name. There are lots of "named" walks here, but the names are all of the form "the X to Y walk".
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 30th, 2016 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have the Victorians to thank for our Named Walks. They both created and named them. Well, the New Precipice Walk is a fairly recent addition, which you can tell because it's not as clearly marked as the original one.
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