Lusty at Lustleigh!
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As autumn draws in, join me on a gentle wander around Lustleigh Cleave Forest.
On the very eastern edge of Dartmoor, Lustleigh Cleave is a deep wooded river valley, part of the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve.
Hopefully the beech and oak trees will just be turning for winter with vivid displays of gold. orange and red.
This is a fairly gentle walk - with only 2 moderate climbs during the day.
There is a point on the walk where we'll be fording the River Bovey. The 2nd photo below shows the rocks we'll be crossing as we ford the river. If it's been particular wet, this section could be slippery.
For the rest of the walk, we'll be walking on fairly well established paths. There will be a few sections which could be a bit muddy, especially if it's been raining recently or if the river is in flood.
Dogs are welcome to join us on this event but we do ask the following:
- Please appreciate the fact that not everyone is a dog owner or lover- especially when we stop to eat
- Please ensure you adhere to the Countryside Code at all times - see (Keeping Dogs Under Effective Control)
- Please also be aware of the rules and guidance from the Dartmoor National Park Authority on visiting the moor with your dog
If your dog is uncontrolled and strays in open land frightening other animals or livestock, the leader is supported by the OutdoorLads board of trustees to ask you to leave the event as this is not acceptable behaviour.
IMPORTANT! - Participation Statement
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Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who has recently tested positive for Covid-19, is asked not to attend.
Photo Credits: All photos taken by OutdoorLads members and permission is granted to OutdoorLads for further use.
What to bring
Hand sanitiser and a face covering: whilst we are living with Covid-19, please bring your own to events to help keep everyone safe
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
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Bring suitable packed lunch, drinks and snacks for the day.
There are no suitable places to buy lunch on the day so we'll need to be self sufficient for the walk.