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Saturday, 19 July 2008

DARTMOOR: DAY TWO: PROPER WALK

Well, some of us went for a proper walk - but as Big Darren has just bought me my second pint of Dartmoor, I won't name names...

I had the great pleasure of walking today with Gayle & Mick (just back from their Land's End to John O' Groats) and Martin (Summit & Valley blog - see 'Great Places to Visit'). I say 'pleasure' in the loosest sort of way, as G&M are stupendously fit (ah, I remember) and Martin is ten years younger and built like a racehorse.

Anyway, they were gentle with me (ish) and we had a fine walk taking in Yes Tor, High Willhays, Okement Hill, Great Kneeset, Amicombe Hill and then a nice daunder down to Nodden Gate, where we arrived surprisingly at the same time as those doing wussy routes. It has to be said that others (litehiker & John Hee) did do slightly longer routes and arrived as we were finishing our first suppers.

The walk itself did have a few heavy showers, but generally was fantabulous - with huge dramatic skies, views to die for, lush long grasses with no bottom and - wonderfully boggy bits with layered dark tors on the edge of the skies.

Presently I am sitting in a wonderful pub only a stone's throw from our wild-camp. It's a wonderful pub because they sell beer and have chairs!

Martin has just bought me my third pint, so I had better stop typing this now before it slides further downhill.

6 comments:

  1. and i walked from cambridge to ely in 5 hours and in brilliant sunshine too..... sure your views were better than mine though.

    off to french alps next week oohhh mountains Lol

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  2. Who put the stake in Gayle's (?) back?

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  3. Hi Sally
    I think the French Alps will be slightly more energetic than our bog-trot around North Dartmoor. Have a great time

    Hi Robin - That's Darren's mate Martin's trekking pole holding up his Golite tent. Or it could of course be a stake after all, in a vain attempt to handicap her so I could keep up with Gayle...

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  4. Aha!

    Having just read Mr Hee's account (see 'John Hee' in my 'Great Places to Visit' links) it appears that he didn't do a slightly longer route at all! He just got out of his tent a bit later and had the same sort of Dartmoor Daunder as our 'rufty tufty' party!

    And quite right too - no need to go mad!

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  5. We were traumatised by a tour group. It put us off our stride ;-)

    Late start (0930), early finish (1530) and 12km in between.

    I enjoyed it, and hopefully didn't hold anyone back from doing what they wanted to do.

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  6. 15:30! Still daylight for you then
    ;-)

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