Reply To: Why so few dartmoor trails?

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Dave, why would any part of my question suggest I had exhausted all the possibilities?

Happy to answer your questions, though!

Lych Way – difficult to get transport. It’s in my sights and I want to do it one day, but as a solo walker such things are sometimes logistically difficult. Circular walks are definitely more my thing, although I did do the Templer Way last month. (Solo through choice, mostly. Harder to appreciate the landscape when you’ve got to make smalltalk)

WotWS – again, intend to one day, but forays into the deep moor are few and far for me. I don’t get the free time I once did and typically have responsibilities to get back for.

Leap Day – did that within a couple of weeks, IIRC, although not the final as it was too difficult to find.

However, for the casual map-browsers, your series have placements so far apart they’re hard to spot as a series as they don’t form an obvious loop on the map. You’ve explained that’s your taste, and absolutely don’t have a problem with that, but it’s much harder to see that there is a series.

And to answer my own question: Yes, I like walking on the open moor, and I don’t find geocaching whilst doing so detracts from it. Indeed, it gives me form and targets. Without, I’ll sometimes not go as far or get such a sense of achievement. If there were more walks with 0.1 or 0.2m placements in a loop I would do them, and I think others would too, and I’m also thinking as a CO – although I may need to consider time vs maint with 50 odd out already. I’m thinking of walks 2-10 mile, circular. Ring of Laughter is one such and it’s had 292 visitors. Not bad going.

It’s not fashionable to say you go geocaching for the numbers, but that is a part of it for me and many others. And it’s a driver that’s taken me to some very interesting pieces of countryside.

My purpose in asking this question was to guage others’ opinions and discuss it, because Dartmoor is surrounded by circular trails yet there are very few on the moor itself, and I wanted to know if there was some particular reason. Sorry it confused you.