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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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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Which is your favourite walk in the UK? Fi reveals hers.

Britain’s Favourite Walks

Two Blondes Walking

If you’ve ever seen Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100, you’ll know I co-presented walk number 57. It’s on Dartmoor of course, and goes along one of my favourite ridges, past one of my favourite rock formations, and very near one of my favourite pubs.

Fi and Lucy chatting about their Britain’s Favourite Walks experience

I don’t have a favourite Dartmoor walk though.

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Five things you need to become an outdoor adventure writer (and five things you don’t).

The first thing to clear up here is your definition of ‘outdoor adventure writer’. What springs to mind when you read the words? Rugged traveller? Climber? Bloke?

Middle aged woman who doesn’t really like walks that are over 10km?

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How to plan a walking route with OS Maps new version 2022


If you’ve just searched for how to plan a walking route on Google maps,

You’re using the wrong mapping tool!

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Ten of the best walks in Devon

If this year’s holiday plans don’t include visiting Devon, you could be making a mistake.

Especially if you love walking.

Devon was made for walkers

With two unique coastlines, both Exmoor and Dartmoor national parks, and mile after mile of rolling fields in between, Devon could have been designed for walkers.

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What’s the best way to learn map and compass skills?

Learning complex new skills, and getting outside more often both help us to age well. So what better way to combine the two than to learn some map and compass skills.

A double whammy you might say.

Never too old to learn

Learning to navigate using a map and compass in my forties has given me so much more than the ability to find my way when I’m lost. It’s given me the confidence to explore, a renewed interest in outdoor exercise, and a whole new career in outdoor writing.

It’s also stopped me from getting lost in the first place.

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What did you do on New Year’s Eve? I went wild camping on Dartmoor

Leaving the comfort of a warm campervan to ‘sleep’ in a sloping, wind-bent tent might not seem like everybody’s idea of a New Year’s Eve party but, for Mr D and I, it was the perfect way to end a year, which hasn’t contained quite as many outdoor adventures as we would have liked it to.

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On the topic of hill walking – ‘Not one of your route marches!’

It should go without saying that an outdoor writer needs to enjoy being outside. Not only that but if you’re going to be writing walking routes for other people, it makes sense to enjoy a bit of walking yourself.

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