I have 3 sets of caches that should be considered as trails:
Walk on the Wild Side (16 caches in 13 miles – circular)
Lych Way (16 caches in 7.5 miles – not circular)
Heads of the River Trek (17 caches in 11 miles – circular)
However, as complete trails these have only been completed by a fairly small number of cachers, but a lot of the more accessible ones are much more popular.
So why so few trails? The major reason is that there are few of us who are prepared to venture into the remotest parts of the moor to place caches AND TO MAINTAIN THEM and that is one of the biggest problems. You may get a great idea to place a series of remote caches and then some time later you are faced with maintaining them – and then it doesn’t seem such a good idea as when you placed them 🙁 if you genuinely love walking the moor, then maintenance should be as enjoyable as placing or finding. As I wrote recently – a cache is for life and not just for placing!
You ask “do moorland cachers not like open moorland caches?” It depends on your definition of moorland cachers. Genuine moorland cachers certainly do, but if you are including those whose idea of moorland is Roborough down, then clearly not. There seems to be a huge fear of real Dartmoor, for many who live within sight of it and they rarely venture there and that is obvious when you look at the names of the finders on the remote caches. Many of those who genuinely love Dartmoor, live miles away and get here as often as they can. Head of this list has to be ELDitton, but others include Amberel, Golden Haystack and many others I am sure.
I could go on forever on this subject and will return later to it when others have also had their chance!