Watern Tor Wild Camp (Wild Camp) Route Details

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Summary

One night wild camp

Hazards and warnings

Military firing ranges, check for live firing times Days and nights on which firing is to take place are advertised in the Tavistock and Okehampton Times on Thursdays, and in The Western Morning News and Express and Echo every Friday and on BBC Radio Devon every morning. Notices are also displayed in neighbouring police stations, some Post Offices, some public houses, and in National Park and Tourist Information Centres. Details of firing programmes can also be obtained by using the Freephone telephone answering service on 0800-4584868

Narrative

Dartmoor wild camp at Watern Tor. Leaving the car at Belstone we followed the lane through the village and down to the River Taw. Rowan trees draped in vivid red berries lined the banks of the river. From Taw Marsh we climbed up onto Oke Tor to avoid the worst of the wet ground below before crossing the Taw at the head of Steeperton Gorge. From here it was up onto Steeperton Tor before heading across to Wild Tor and finally, Watern Tor The winds were South Westerly through South so we opted to pitch the tent to the West of the Watern Tor Thirlstone to give us some shelter from the wind. Unfortunately numerous sheep have had the same idea on previous nights so the low grass was smothered in sheep poo, mountains of the stuff :-(

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