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The world of hill­walk­ing + Face of fa­tigue

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We all love read­ing in Trail about other peo­ple’s ad­ven­tures, so last year we de­cided to have a go at one our­selves. I’d al­ways fan­cied tak­ing our chil­dren wild camp­ing, af­ter I read in Trail that there are places in the UK where this is per­mit­ted.

Our two chil­dren, Ben (13) and Amalie (11), are used to camp­ing. But wild camp­ing? On Dart­moor? This was some­thing new!

We bor­rowed two very tiny light­weight tents and some (large) rucksacks from friends (thanks Helen and Philip!). These were re­ally comfy packs, which made a big dif­fer­ence as they were re­ally heavy! We de­lib­er­ately picked a win­dow of three days with no rain fore­cast and nights that weren’t due to be too cold.

We started in the south near

Corn­wood, and for the first night we camped next to a small river and used the wa­ter for cook­ing (the kids loved col­lect­ing the wa­ter!). It was a lovely spot, re­ally se­cluded and mag­i­cal. The sec­ond day we walked north past Nun’s Cross and into Prince­town. We cheated slightly by hav­ing one night in the The Plume of Feath­ers B&B.

The next night we found a suit­able camp­ing spot in a lit­tle val­ley with a tiny brook. There was only just enough flat space to put up our two lit­tle tents and make camp. The kids said this was their favourite bit of the trip.

We all re­ally loved wak­ing up on our own in the mid­dle of nowhere, the kids com­mented how it was a to­tally dif­fer­ent feel­ing to wak­ing up on a camp­site.

We would def­i­nitely love to have an­other go, maybe we’ll even try it abroad next time!

My top tips for kids outdoors: do it in nice weather if pos­si­ble! Re­mem­ber it’s not about the dis­tance cov­ered, it’s about be­ing out there! Al­low time to do in­ter­est­ing things. Stop to climb a tor, or mess about in a stream. If you are camp­ing, half the fun is de­cid­ing where to camp and mak­ing camp, so al­low plenty of time for this be­fore it gets dark. And get them involved in the nav­i­ga­tion. Nicky and Paul Gray, Wilt­shire.

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