Dartmoor 4 day Wild Camp

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Wild Camping
Jul 03
2020

8 people attending

0 places left

10 people waitlisted

Your price
£30.00
Event booking closes on Jul 1 at 22:00:00
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80km; with no trails in remotest areas, river crossings and bogs

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You can find out more about Wild Camping in the booklet accessible from here... https://www.outdoorlads.com/my-first-wild-camping-event

You need to have mountain walking experience, good equipment and a high level of fitness to carry your food, sleeping bag, sleeping mat and bivvy bag or small tent for around 80km. Sometimes it will be easy walking, other times we’ll be crossing the remotest areas of Dartmoor, where there are no trails, rivers with no easy crossing points and the infamous Dartmoor bogs. Our route will be partially determined by the water levels when we are on the moor; we may need to walk late into the evenings if water levels increase. We may need to camp on exposed, wet, uneven ground. I expect that we’ll walk about 20km each day.

I will send a pre-event message 3 weeks before the event, asking participants to confirm that they will be attending. Ten days before the event I will remove people who have not confirmed, so that other people have the opportunity to participate, rather than having empty places as well as a waiting list.

We will meet in the car park opposite the Village Hall in Belstone at 9:15am on Friday 3rd July, so that we can depart by 9:30am, with the aim of getting to the Warren House pub in the early evening, so that those who want to, can have a pub meal. We'll then find somewhere discreet nearby to sleep for the night.

On Saturday, we’ll be up early and follow the road for a couple of miles to get to Postbridge, then over Bellever Tor, past Dunnabridge and Hexworthy, then across rugged Moorland (with no trails) to the summit of Ryder's Hill (the highest point on Southern Dartmoor). Then we'll head and South and West, then North West, finding somewhere remote to sleep before getting onto the Two Moors Way. Then following the Abbots  way for a while, before heading West to Lower Hartor, then North over Higher Hartor to Pricetown. We’ll then head North across very remote moorland, with lots of bogs and no trails or bridges and sleep there. Up early again on Monday, to continue over very remote and difficult terrain, then summit the two highest Tors and back to Belstone.

We will spend a lot of time in the firing ranges and will have to change our route if the firing range areas are closed. However it is rare for the ranges to be shut on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in mid-summer, but it is likely that we will have to change our plans for Sunday and Monday.

Thursday Night – Because it will be holiday season, if you plan to stay near Belstone on the night before the event, I suggest you book well in advance. Both YHA Okehanpton hostels often fill well in advance. There is also some accommodation in Belstone , people have also camped nearby. If you have difficulties with travel  or accommodation, please talk to me well before the event.

Please contact me with any questions.

Photo Credits: All photos taken by Paul Ridealgh and permission is granted to OutdoorLads for further use.

Dartmoor rivers PFR
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Dartmoor rivers PFR
Dartmoor Stepping Stones fast 2 PFR

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