Dartmoor - River Deep, Mountain High
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If I lost you would I cry
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This is a walk of 2 halves. In the morning, we'll explore onto the high Moor above Lydford Gorge, climbing up to Black Down and Kingsett Down before returning to the National Trust managed Lydford Gorge. After lunch we will walk around the Waterfalls and paths deep in the Gorge.
Lydford Gorge itself is managed by the National Trust and there is an entrance fee to pay for non-National Trust members. It'll be £10 standard or £11.20 with Gift Aid. If you're a National Trust member - please remember to bring your Membership card!
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Food & drink
Please remember to bring plenty of water to drink.
After the morning hike on the moor, there is, of course, a National Trust cafe in the car park where people can buy lunch if they wish although I recommend people should still bring food (sandwiches and snacks) for the walk in case we're late back for lunch.