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Red Lake China Clay Works, Devon


  • Located in South Brent, Devon, South West England, England
  • Spend time exploring Dartmoor's south plateau and you'll see an isolated peak rising from the moorland. This is the spoil heap of Red Lake China Clay Works. With the highest ground in this part of Dartmoor National Park to the north and north west, Red Lake China Clay Works is set in a remote area. We've positioned Red Lake China Clay Works on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its exact location
  • China clay, or kaolin, has a wide range of uses from ceramics to paper production, paint to toothpaste. China clay occurs in areas where the fieldspar in granite was converted into 'china clay rock, which is a mixture of up to 15 per cent china clay and up to 10 per cent mica, the remainder being quartz'.* The clay was mined using water which was sprayed at pressure at the china clay rock. A large amount of waste product was produced when china clay was extracted from this rock which explains the existence of the spoil heap. The remaining slurry was then piped down the moors to be filtered and then refined. Miners and equipment were transported to the works on the Red Lake Railway
  • Red Lake China Clay Works takes its name from Red Lake. Red Lake is a stream just south and south west of the disused clay works. Note that the head of Red Lake is Red Like Mire. The terrain is demanding
  • To visit, use what is marked as the Abbot's Way on both the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map and the Harvey British Mountain Map 'Dartmoor' map. You can walk in from the car park at Shipley Bridge to the south east or the car parks near Siward's or Nun's Cross and Nun's Cross Farm to the north west. Clearly, it's a yomp to get to Red Lake China Clay Works. Also note that you'll be walking mainly on grass tracks. Don't expect a clear, waymarked path. We've walked up there during the week without seeing another person so take care
  • *For detailed information on china clay, please refer to the 'Wheal Martyn - Forming China Clay' page to which we provide a link. We'd also recommend visiting the Wheal Martyn China Clay Country Park in Cornwall to learn more about the industry
  • By James Penman

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www.wheal-martyn.com
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