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A popular bathing and jumping spot on the Double Dart river. Deep water on the far side, with shallower water next to the common. Small cliff to jump off. Nice picnic/barbecue spot with plenty of room for ball games. Other river pools and water slides nearby - one downstream about 400m, and the rest upstream past New Bridge.
  • Flashy river / prone to flooding
  • Jumping and falling

This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

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  • Added: 16/11/2012

    From the A38 take the Ashburton Pear Tree exit and head for Princetown/River Dart Country Park. Go past the Country Park and keep going along the lane.

    Cross Holne Bridge and keep going.

    You'll come to New Bridge next, cross that and follow the road on for about 1/2 mile along level with the river. The road starts going up hill and then into a left hairpin bend, there's a tiny lane coming off this bend so you almost go straight on.

    Go down this lane and park in the CPs on the left.

    Walk straight down to the river from there.

    From the other direction, go through Poundsgate and out of the village onto the open moor, go down the steep hill and as you enter the trees you'll be on the hairpin bend to the right, turn left off the bend.

    • Submerged objects
    • Jumping and falling

    This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

    There are deep spots but also some submerged rocks.

    Quite safe if you know where they are so ask / watch a local or have a wee explore before launching yourself off the cliff!!

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  • Added: 06/07/2013

    Wonderful spots up and down the river from Spitchwick.

    However now its the summer season beware of traffic wardens! Even on a Sunday do not park on a single yellow line or it will be a costly swim. Park a distance away and walk down.

    • Submerged objects

    This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

    Traffic Wardens in the summer.

  • Added: 06/07/2013

    Wonderful spots up and down the river from Spitchwick.

    However now its the summer season beware of traffic wardens! Even on a Sunday do not park on a single yellow line or it will be a costly swim. Park a distance away and walk down.

    • Submerged objects

    This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

    Traffic Wardens in the summer.

  • Added: 29/07/2018

    Not quite in the right place on the map, it's 150m up stream on the bend.

    You can not miss it!

    It's the busiest spot on the Dart, not uncommon to see 100's yes 100's of people here. Consequently the National Park have severely restricted parking, to reduce the impact here.

    Parking

    2-3 cars NW of pool

    30 cars ish at main bridge carpark, which sounds a lot, but not at this honey spot.

    An ice cream van is usually at the New Bridge car park & toilets there.

    There is also 10 parking places (E side of river) over the bridge, next to the footpath for all those other magic pools & jacuzzis & diving spots further up the river Dart.

    This is a big deep pool 3m+ deep by the cliff, 1.5m ish for most the rest, beaching on entry to & exit out of pool.

    It's about 50m long.

    Big rocks on river entry to pool, which makes getting in difficult.

    Sandy, silty, leafy beach on main bend, which makes easy access.

    Big, big jumps of cliffs into pool, with some crazies, climbing the trees on the top of the cliff to jump in. I always expect someone to hit the rocks when they do these big jumps when I'm there. The cliff lean back away from the water, the higher you go the further you need to jump out!

    Best time to swim here is early or when it's raining, because it is a lovely picnic spot.

    Big big grassy bank, lots of burnt BBQ spots on the grass.

    Definitely not so wild!

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