Thursday, 22 December 2011

Dartmoor Escape

So, the rucksack is, at long last, packed! All that is left is to get the final few hours of work out of the way tomorrow morning, then load up the car and set sail for Devon via the A303.

I have a weighty burden, a shade over 20kg, but that’s the price to pay for carrying 7 days worth of food, and winter clothing. The plan is simple; I’ve measured out a distance similar to that of the Overland Track, 67km, and I’m carrying everything I think I need for that journey next April. Dartmoor is a perfect place to practice, and if anything has rougher terrain than I will encounter in Tasmania. By the end, I reckon I’ll have a pretty good idea what works and what doesn’t.

Saturday 24th; I leave Belstone, at the top edge of the North Moor, and make my way over Yes Tor and High Willhays, descending to the West Okement Valley for a wild camp.

Sunday 25th; a short stride up over Sourton Tors and Great Links Tor before descending to pitch up at the Fox and Hounds Hotel.

Monday 26th; I’ll pick up the Lich Way and travel it to Broad Hole for another wild camp, somewhere near Conies Down Tor.

Tuesday 27th; Hit the bright lights of Princetown for a pitch at the Plume of Feathers where there are a couple of Jail Ales with my name on it!

Wednesday 28th; I venture out onto the south moor, crossing the River Plym, and another wild camp near Left Lake Mires.

Thursday 29th; A short hop, skip and a jump into Ivybridge, and the traverse from North to South complete.

With the Princetown Weather Forecast over the festive period, looking favourable, all bodes well for a pleasant trip.

Trip report, photo’s and maybe a video, when I return!

All that leaves me to say is “Happy holidays everyone!”