The world of hillwalking + Face of fatigue
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.