Dartmoor - Wild Camp

Dartmoor is a sacred, magical place. You find a truer side of your self there.

Land of the floating skull and the sinking walker

It's hard to work out where to start with this one: a British summer, silly accommodation, bog snorkelling, floating skulls, crunchy bits or Kung Fu....

The plan was to take advantage of the August weather and head off to Dartmoor to give Jack his first experience of wild camping (as opposed to that highly sanitised, squeaky clean camp site camping with toilets) so Jack, Tav and Dave H set off down a stop-start M5 on a Friday afternoon to the northern edge of Dartmoor. The weather forecast was dodgy...

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The Quantocks

But the beauty is in the walking -- we are betrayed by destinations

Dead Woman's Ditch

In an attempt to try something different Tav suggested we try the Quantocks walk out of Ken Wilsons Classic Walks (somewhat of a bible for the best walks in the UK) - low but apparently stunning hills. They didn't disappoint. And today was a first - the first canine member of Tavs Tours as Livi joined Tav, Tav junior and Dave H.

After the Landrover sat nav excelled itself by.....

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The Black Mountains

Great things come out of being hungry and cold. Once you're pampered, you get lazy

Ice Ice Baby

Another entry from our guest editor - Jack Tavener!

We started at a car park high in the valley a long way from towns or cities. We then started to plod our way up Lord Herefords Knob. All of the puddles were completely frosted and iced up and I massively enjoyed....

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The Lake District again

The best climber in the world is the one who is having the most fun

Wainwright was right

“The reason we haven’t started any major religions is because of the weather” And so the weekend started.

Never one to shy away from the important topics, this Tavs Tours excelled itself in tackling the big issues; the link between weather (or more technically climate) and religion, the third runway at Heathrow, Brexit, the state of UK politics and whether different types of jelly babies has different calorie contents.

Once again we were hosted very kindly by Dennis and Michelle in Braithwaite who claimed that they enjoyed having us despite us failing to understand why having 6 blokes descend on your house was enjoyable. As well as a lovely meal, they even joined us for a drink in the pub so we must have been doing something right (though being asked to participate in answering kid’s Trivial Pursuit questions was probably not what they expected....

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Mam Tor, Derbyshire

I have two doctors, my left leg and my right

The 15th Anniversary (well 14th actually)

Despite an inability to work out an anniversary we returned to where it started - Derbyshire. After good food and working our way through all their bitters using a complex numbering system (as well as a brief detour into solving long term transport problems by inventing a new technology) we set off to do the classic walk from Hope via Castleton, Cave Dale, Mam Tor and Lose Hill.

After a muddy start, Dave E tripping over a tricky flat bit and a rapid sprint through Castleton to avoid any shopping urges, Cave Dale proved a gorgeous introduction to height gain (despite it not being as ‘scuzzy’ as Dave E remembered). From there....

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