Our first two day walk with an overnight camp of the year with the National Trust’s Wild Tribe teams and those from Torquay Boys Grammar School …..
This was the view when I arrived at the car park – only a mile walk to our wild camping site but nevertheless…
At the back of Foggintor Quarry – at least it stopped raining for a few minutes whilst I got my tent up – it then rained all night – a mixture of wind blown drizzle and heavy rain – I was soaked as was the inside of my tent by 6.30pm – a long night ahead. Apparently this was Storm Ewan but I didn’t know that at the time!
Teams started leaving camp at 4.30am
In view of the continuing poor weather and the forecast predicting more heavy rain from 3pm we convened a meeting in the Fox Tor Cafe at 8am to review routes.
Our teams were intending to go from the Princetown area through the centre of the high moor right up to Okehampton camp via Great Knesset i.e. a route which was a long way from anywhere hospitable.
We re-routed all the teams up the west side of the moor closer to roads in case anything went wrong and decided to end at 3pm at Meldon instead of 5pm at Anthony Stile.
This is the Tavy – despite all the rain flowing low
We went up to Nodden Gate to checkpoint some teams through – the dome of Great Nodden in the background.
Most of Dartmoor is made of of granite which is an igneous rock formed from molten lava – in contrast Great Nodden consists of metamorphic rock (i.e. older rocks which have been transformed by heat or pressure or both) – thus its very different shape
The River Lyd
The Lyd with Brat Tor and the Widgery Cross to the left
Somewhat surprisingly – very low water levels at the Lyd Stepping Stones
Safely back at Meldon just as the 3pm rain arrives
A big well done to all the young people (and the team of adult leaders) who made it to the end – a character building weekend
All my kit bar my tent is now dry – my tent will be by the end of the day