Dartmoor July 2018

Last week I had a lovely time on Dartmoor. I walked from Ivybridge to Okehampton, accompanied by an old school friend who wanted to try backpacking again. I followed a similar route to the walk I did in 2011. We were very lucky with the weather, which was generally fair but not too hot. Rather than do a detailed trip report, I’ve put together a slide show on YouTube.

Day 1: Ivybridge to Piles Copse, 5 miles
Day2: Piles Copse to the beehive hut on the East Dart River, 18 miles
Day 3: Beehive hut to Taw Marsh, 9 miles
Day 4: Taw Marsh to Okehampton, 5 miles.

The one surprise was how wet underfoot it was between Pupers Hill and Ryder’s Hill and around Statts House. All in all it was a great trip.


11 thoughts on “Dartmoor July 2018”

    1. A little tip. If you come back to London via train from Exeter, take the train that comes from Paignton. It’s a lot less crowded than the Penzance train.

      1. Originally there was going to be three of us and I chose the Trailstar as it could double as a party tent if the weather was inclement.

  1. Robin, stunning video. Absolutely loved the cloud formations and the music was out of this world. I hadn’t heard it before so thank you for introducing it to me. Will be watching this a few times more 🙂


    1. John Foxx and Harold Budd have made three albums, all worth listening to. HB’s solo albums are lovely too.

  2. Great walk, at the same time as you did this walk I was on the other side of the East dart at Flat Tor, that also still was very squigy, like a dry sponge. It seems that Dartmoor will always hold the moisture on those flatter areas, like Statts House as you say. As said above great music to accompany this

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