As part of the run up to the TGO Challenge, I had pencilled in a return to Dartmoor for April. My curtailed trip to Wales means that it’s even more vital to get a bit of time on the hills. I’ve recommenced a daily walking routine, but that’s no substitute for doing the real thing. I really enjoyed my walk on Dartmoor last year and have been keen to go back. So I’ll be off next Friday.
I booked the train tickets yesterday. This time I’m going to go to Exeter and connect to Okehampton by bus, which worked well for the return journey last year. I’m going to spend four and half days on the moor and attempt a circuit from Okehampton. The firing ranges are not being used on the first three days, so I’ll be able to have a good wander across the northern moor. Even when firing starts it will be only in the far west (Willsworthy), so it won’t bother me.
I’ve not sorted out a definitive route plan yet, but Dartmoor is one of those places where you only need a vague plan. It invites you to meander and wander to explore the glorious openness of the moor. One thing I’m looking for is good places to camp, so I’ve been hunting on Geograph for likely spots. More on planning later.