Reply To: Why so few dartmoor trails?

Avatar photoDartmoor Dave

Dartymoor, I’m not miffed at all, but do wish you would come and complete some of the trails that are there. Our ideal trails are clearly not the same, but as I said above “to each their own” and I think I have come over to find most of your caches 🙂

Most of the remote walkers don’t need trails because they make their own out of the caches that are available. They pick and mix and if they want a shorter or easier walk, especially starting from Holming Beam, there is a huge choice of caches and routes for them.

One of the problems of setting trails on the real open moor, is that there are very few paths. You won’t find paths on my trails, you walk in a straight line from cache to cache, if you can 😉 otherwise you have to dodge around the rivers and bogs etc. Another problem is the lack of hides. In huge parts of the moor there is just acres and acres of grass. No rocks and not even any gorse, and therefore very difficult to find a hide. For some of my remote caches I have wandered around for a long time trying to find any sort of hide and if you are going to place them every 200 or 300 yards, then almost impossible.

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