Camping in Dartmoor Forest

Earlier this week I camped for a few nights in Dartmoor Forest.

Horse eating

I chose this site in Devon for my first UK camping trip because I wanted to try out my equipment in a location relatively close to home.

Tent setup at Camping Site

If you’ve never been to Dartmoor Forest then you might envisage a region dominated by trees. But it seems the term forest is used quite liberally in England; a forest could contain towns, farms, and the odd tracts of woodland! This picture below is more typical of the landscape that I encountered.

Me pretending to walk casually towards the camera

Below is Saddle Tor. Dartmoor is known for it’s many tors which are rocky outcrops generally found at the top of a hill.

Saddle Tor

The next picture is a typical Dartmoor mire, which is wet area generally found in the upper regions. I deliberately visited this mire, hoping that if I was familiar with what they looked like then I’d be less likely to inadvertently end up knee deep in one.

Mire in Dartmoor Forest

The bogs and mires are created due to the high rainfall and impervious granite creating a waterlogged area. A layer of moss covers the mires. Over many years the dead moss decays creating a soggy layer of peat under the living moss. In some cases this layer of peat can be many meters deep. Of course you don’t want to walk into one of these. You can cross a mire by jumping from tussock to tussock, which for some reason I attempted. In the end I decided to back track and give it a wide berth. Although I did a little better than these people:

For the most part it was a good trip and all things going well I should be doing a lot more camping over the summer months.


  1. Alison Lacken said,

    June 9, 2008 @ 6:57 am

    HI Matthew,
    That pony looks like he has a wicked sense of humour. Was he having a joke with you?
    Did you know Bron likes horses a lot and was mad over them as a girl and had riding lessons for a while?
    She still collects My LittlewPponies and other model horses.
    Ray also likes horses and had lessons with a friend when we lived in Essex.
    At school I had a girl friend who had her own pony called Gypsy and she used to let me ride her. When I could get on, that was. I was never the athletic type really.

  2. Michelle said,

    June 16, 2008 @ 12:00 am

    that’s one cool horse

  3. Suzy said,

    June 18, 2008 @ 3:22 am

    Love the horse photo!!!

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