Friday, 26 October 2012

Dartmoor Perambulation




I'm off to Dartmoor on Sunday afternoon for my Dartmoor Perambulation. This will be my first backpacking trip since my Edale to Grasmere walk (up the Pennine Way over the Yorkshire Three Peaks & Howgills under the M6 into the Lake District) back in June.
Earlier this year some friends of mine from the Dorset group of The Backpackers Club did a walk led by John Yale based on "The Ancient Boundary Walk of Dartmoor" devised by Ian Kirkpatrick. Unfortunately due to other commitments I was unable to join them. You can read Trevor's account part 1 here & part 2 here . John has kindly passed on his printouts of the route so that I can follow in their footsteps,or as closely as the M.O.D. will allow as they have live firing on the Okehampton range during next week.
I am planning a more laid back walk than usual with daily mileages of around 10-12 miles a day and will probably wild camp most nights,but I may be tempted by the campsite in Princetown. The weather man says that I have better weather next week,so I am looking forward to clear crisp autumnal days.  

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Backpackers Winter Get-together


If you are interested in backpacking and are free between Friday 13th January and Sunday 15th January you are welcome to join us at Church Farm,Sixpenny Handley on the Dorset,Wiltshire,Hampshire borders where a number of us from The Backpackers Club will be meeting up.We won't be backpacking as this is a "static" weekend but there will be a walk via Penbury Knoll and Woodyates led by John Yale on Saturday or you can do your own walk if you wish.
There is a Bar open on the Campsite serving Fish & Chips which is open on Fridays only during the winter.In the nearby village there is the Roebuck Inn which also serves food and there is also a well stocked village store so you won't go hungry!
It is £7 per person per night and there is no need to book in advance as there will be plenty of room for everyone.