Dartmoor in Winter 2013/03/06
Dartmoor in winter presents a familiar landscape with an alien
covering. A couple of days spent hiking and one night out wild
Dartmoor is one of my most frequented areas in the UK. Firstly
its feeling of remoteness and bubbling streams leading onto long views
across the moors make it a special place for me. Secondly the area is
friendly towards wild camping. However above all it is the moors ability
to take your breath away with every visit. It always shows you something
new. Seeing the moor in its winter magic was truly breathtaking.
Dartmoor in Winter
It was just going to be a simple overnighter. Sadly a lack of time meant
it would have to be a short trip but this was no matter as the journey
turned out to be more than worth it.
Hiking to the edge of the moor along
the Tarka Trail gave the first glimpse of the pure white landscape which
was simply splendid. Up to Belstone Common revealed snow drifts,
undulating bumps and ice dangling delicately from the thinnest of grass
Onwards towards Belstone's Nine Maidens
which were sticking out of the snow. Looking out towards the circle it
was as if suddenly a timeless environment was entered and the present
day world faded away.
My Jetboil was produced and warm coffee
soon followed. A welcome break after walking through snow deeper than my
knee. On the steeper slopes kicking steps was the only way to progress,
I was thankful for my stiff boots on this trip.
Its so important to be outdoors
throughout the year. Let nature have an impact on you with its changing
colours and smells in every season.