What is it like on Dartmoor at night?

There’s a full moon. You’ve decided it’s time you finally went for that Dartmoor night walk. Or perhaps you’re even heading out wild camping on Dartmoor.

But it all seems a little bit scary.

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There can be a downside to sunshine days, especially if you’re camping!

I’m writing this on a sunny May day. We’re about to set off on a campervan trip. The house is covered in piles of gear, most of which will end up back in the house cupboards (we only have a very small campervan). As I pack, one thought is foremost in my mind.

I’m wondering what the weather will be like.

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What’s even better than recycling? Repairing your old outdoor gear of course!

Exciting news. It’s Earth Day today.

I know, I hadn’t heard of it either.

But once I’d investigated I really liked the idea.

There’s plenty of environmental concern out there but Earth Day is an opportunity for us all to celebrate the good things that are happening in the world of environmental awareness.

And of course, do our bit to make a difference.

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Three nights, four types of sleep. There’s accommodation on Dartmoor to suit everyone.

Whether you’re interested in wild camping, campsite camping, self catering or even a bit of posh hotel life, there’s accommodation on Dartmoor to suit you. From freezing in a bog to luxuriating in a four poster, we really have got the accommodation thing sorted.

Don’t believe me?

It’s true! And I have the evidence to prove it. Here’s how Mr D and I set out to try as many different types of Dartmoor accommodation as we could during our three-night, pre-Easter visit.

Between us we managed four!

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A bridge too far? Walking the Worcester and Birmingham Canal

I mentioned a while ago that my favourite walk in the UK is the one I’m about to do.

It still is but I’m particularly proud of my recent canal walk.

My walk along the Worcester and Birmingham Canal was the latest in my series of UK adventures by train.

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A whole new way to keep warm camping. Fi reviews the Unightie.

How to keep warm camping

If like me you enjoy camping in winter as well as summer, you’ll know that keeping warm in your tent for a whole night can become an all-consuming ambition.

An ambition that’s not easy to achieve.

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Three basic navigation skills that could get you out of trouble in an emergency

The best walking route apps allow you to find or plan your own routes then follow them as you walk.

One great example would be the OS Maps app.

With high quality mapping (not all apps, for example Komoot, have this) and some great routes to follow, OS Maps gives you the ability to explore further with confidence.

Except that apps and devices sometimes go wrong.

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My top tips for solo wild camping in the UK

‘How far are you going?’

Was the first question I was asked as I puffed my way up the track, on my way to my first solo wild camp of 2022. I was already regretting the last-minute addition of a wool jumper to my outfit.

I could have taken the jumper off of course, but I would have had to carry it.

My rucksack was already stuffed to capacity.

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Five apps that could help you stay safe outside


How to stay safe outdoors

When it comes to staying safe outdoors, I’m a firm believer in learning directly from experts, gaining experience, and carrying the necessary equipment.

But I don’t rule out using apps for outdoor safety.

Some outdoor apps have their place when it comes to proper planning, and emergency situations.

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Komoot or OS Maps. Which app is best for walking route planning?

Whether I’m planning routes for a gentle walk or a two-day wild camping hike, I tend to use an online route-planning tool. That’s not to say I can’t write a decent route card with a paper map and compass, I still enjoy it from time to time, and it’s a really useful emergency skill.

It’s just that it’s quicker to use online tools to write walking routes.

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