Wild Camping - Dartmoor (biking, hiking, climbing, tubing)


TQ13 7TD - Newton Abbot

Fri, Aug 16 at 6:00 PM - Sun, Aug 18 at 8:00 PM, 2019

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Wild camping, mountain biking, climbing / bouldering, wild swimming, hikes and maybe even some tubing on the upper Dart (water levels dependant). Wild camping involves camping in areas without amenities. However, we will be returning to our cars each day and moving on each day to undertake some physical activities - a reasonable level of fitness will be required and an acceptance that this is not a glamping trip. Night 1 arrival (Friday) - Bonehill Rocks: Newton Abbot TQ13 7TD (postcode gets you close, google maps will have Bonehill rocks to go direct to). These rocks are great for bouldering which we may be able to do upon arrival or early the next morning. I have wild camped here before its great spot Day 1 (Saturday) - Mountain bike ( Park at the Plume of Feathers Inn. The route follows the old disused railway towards Yelverton, circling King’s Tor, passing Leeden Tor and running along the bottom of Burrator Reservoir. It then continues, gradually climbing, up towards Dartmeet and the West Dart River. The route is suitable for all of the family, covering 22.4 miles and – with stops – shouldn’t take much longer than two and a half hours. Followed by a casual walk around Haytor rocks - potentially some climbing here if there is interest in it :-) and maybe a visit to Hound Tor either walking from Haytor or going direct, for some further bouldering / climbing opportunities. Night 2 (final night), we will have a 30/45 min hike out of Postbridge to a lovely spot beside a river in a little valley, parking in post-bridge overnight where there are toilets. This is an incredibly scenic area Day 2 (Sunday) - Hike to Foggintor dissused quarry (made famous by Bear Grhylls recent visit(Take B3357 from Tavistock towards Two Bridges. Just before the right turn to Princetown park at the entrance to Yellowmead Farm. Follow the track past the farm to the quarry)) maybe some climbing, potentially some wild swimming (depending on the weather. Wetsuits may be an option) or / and tube the river dart before grabbing some food to finish off the weekend and heading home. Im sure we can pool resources RE food and stoves etc. You will obviously need a tent, sleeping bag, appropriate clothing including waterproofs, bike (unless you want to do an alternative thing - such as visit Widecombe on the moor an amazingly beautiful village.) Wet-suit may be handy if you want to wild swim, or tube the dart (helmet required). If you want to climb then a harness and helmet is needed. At night time we shall be in the middle of nowhere - so toilet paper or wipes is a good idea :-)