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    Hi,

    I'm all a bit new to this and am about to give a first attempt at Wild Camping!

    I do love camping but this is the first time we're going to try and see how the wild camping works out.

    Our plan is to start at Fenworthy Reservoir then walk through the forest heading for the Grey Wethers, then onto Sittaford Tor and the up to Teignhead Farm to camp for the night.

    Can anyone let me know if this is a good idea and sounds like an ok route? I'm hoping we will be close enough to Manga Brook for water and the farm is meant to be a good place to stop over i think?

    Does this sounds like a days walking to you all and a good chosen route for a very keen first timer?

    Thank you in advance for all your help and input - i really appriciate it.

    Jen

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    For some it may be a fairly short route, take your time and enjoy it. Its a lovely spot to camp at, Jen.

    If the weather is fair and you want to push on, head up to the ridge above and over to Watern Tor (you can gather water below at the walla brook).

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    Thanks for that - just checked the map and Watern Tor looks like a great idea. I didn't want to push too far ahead just in case i was being too ambitious!

    I'll aim for Teignhead Farm and see how i get on but otherwise hope to see Watern Tor as well.

    Is it ok to leave my car at the car park at Fenworthy Reservoir?

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    There are always risks leaving your car, wherever.

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    Hello there you beat me to this, I'm posting about my first wild camp to Dartmoor end of September.

    You will have to let us know how you get on and if you recommend your route / any problems you found.

    Does anyone know how much it is to park your car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwren View Post


    Our plan is to start at Fenworthy Reservoir then walk through the forest heading for the Grey Wethers, then onto Sittaford Tor and the up to Teignhead Farm to camp for the night.

    Can anyone let me know if this is a good idea and sounds like an ok route? I'm hoping we will be close enough to Manga Brook for water and the farm is meant to be a good place to stop over i think?

    Does this sounds like a days walking to you all and a good chosen route for a very keen first timer?
    Hi, like EffBee says, it could be a fairly short route for you and not take long - 5-6km depending on where you park - 2 hours for an averagely fit person with adequate navigation) but you can always pitch up and then take a less heavily loaded wander....

    NB Fernworthy has been used for parties ('Rave's) on a Friday or Saturday night irregularly on a monthly basis this last year or 2, but not sure which parking place - probably the furthest one I think.

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    As FB says, it's not a long route but it's as well not to overstretch yourself if it's your first time wildcamping on Dartmoor.

    The walk through Fernworthy forest is pretty boring but once you get out of the trees, the view opens up and the valley is beautiful, with the North Teign running through it. Teignhead is a great spot to camp - as you enter the farm from the North-east, there is a grassy, gently sloping spot on the left that is ideal for atent.Plenty of water nearby in Manga brook.

    Car parking is a bit problematic. Don't use the visitors' or fishermen's car parks as overnight parking is specifically prohibited in those. If you head to the western end of the reservoir, you can park there(no charge) but you have to accept the small risk of leaving your vehicle overnight.

    Let us know how you get on.


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    Thats all really helpful - thank you so much.

    Am getting a little nervy of going now due to the vast downpour we've had in our area! Can anyone advise a goood website to give us an idea of the conditions on the moor?

    I really don't mind a bit of rain or underfoot soggyness but i don't want to always remember my first time wild camping as 'that weekend i spent in a floating tent'

    Thanks again for all your help

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    HERE, hiver on information and click on weather

    It will take you to the met office site for the SW, scrolll down for Dartmoor NP specifics.

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    BTW, perhaps youshouldn't tell us online where you are going to park and what days you are out on the moor .

    You may want to consider parking at Postbridge, Walk over the bridge and up to Sittaford, just an alternative. There is a National park office there so at least there are people around in the day.

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    Thats a great idea - thank you!

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    I can confirm Teignhead Farm is a good spot to camp.

    As for the weather - things will dry up over the next couple of days although still wet underfoot in places you should have no probs with floods or anything! Indeed, Dartmoor looks one of the best spots this weekend

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwren View Post

    Thats all really helpful - thank you so much.

    Am getting a little nervy of going now due to the vast downpour we've had in our area! Can anyone advise a goood website to give us an idea of the conditions on the moor?

    I really don't mind a bit of rain or underfoot soggyness but i don't want to always remember my first time wild camping as 'that weekend i spent in a floating tent'

    Thanks again for all your help

    Teignhead Farm itself is pretty well-drained so you'll be fine.

    As for the rest of Dartmoor - well, it wouldn't be Dartmoor if it wasn't soggy underfoot .

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    Hi Jen,

    Metcheck is good and actually has a Dartmoor Specific forecast for key points - Hangingstone hill being the nearest to you.

    http://www.metcheck.com/V40/UK/HOBBI...ocationID=1173

    There is also the dartcam which will let you see the what the weather is actually like in that approximate area before you go.

    http://www.dartcom.co.uk/dartcam/


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    Thats really good thank you - we are meant to be leaving in the morning and just can't make the decision whether to go or not. I'm worried about how the weather has been and am on the verge of flipping a coin to see what we should do!

    Anyway off to bed soon - i'll set the alarm and guess i'll see what its like tomorrow!

    Any more thoughts much appriciated and if anyone has been out today and can give me an idea on what to expect that would be great.

    Thanks again for all your help

    Jen

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    Metcheck says sunny, bit breezy, no rain and cloud base around 800m.

    GO! - Best day of the bank holiday weekend! - I will be on the moor myself.

    If you camp then the night time temp is forecast to be around 10 degs, no rain but still quite windy so just make sure your pitch is not exposed.




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    Jen, did you go? did you make it back?

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    I have to admit we didn't go!

    When we woke up at 6am it was raining quite hard so we decided to leave it till another time instead. Cursed ourselves afterwards though as it turned out to be a beautiful day

    Might make a second attempt next weekend though. Have already made a mental note to be braver and trust the weather reports!

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    Quote Originally Posted by an yuata View Post
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