I am soon to be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and I have done most of my training at Dartmoor National Park, in Devon... and yes, yes there was an escaped lynx running around on Dartmoor... Moving on!
I am so lucky to only live a twenty minute drive away from the incredibly stunning moors and with its high tors, hills and regular 'cup of tea vans', it makes it the perfect place for getting fit and training for Kilimanjaro. I have been regularly going for long hikes, listening to 'Superstition' by Stevie Wonder on repeat and pretending I'm a bond girl on the run.. *cough*..
I would recommend Dartmoor to anyone wishing to have a cheeky little adventure in the great outdoors, or to hippies who simply want to be 'at one with nature'. Anyway.. Dartmoor is fantastic and thankfully never gets too horrifically busy, even in the summer holidays. Rarely do you stumble upon lobster red families, with too short pink shorts on. However, I can promise you a glimpse of 'carpark picnic people!'
Some beautiful spots on Dartmoor I highly recommend:
1. Widdecombe-on-the-moor - Gorgeous little moorland village with plenty of beautiful moorland walks surrounding it (also the 'Cafe on the Green' has awesome hot chocolates, so you can replace all the calories you burnt on the walk..)
2. Hound tor - Near Manaton.
3. Hay tor, near Newton Abbot. Great for climbing!
4. Warren House Inn - Fantastic pub for drinks. Set right in the middle of Dartmoor, with the most beautiful surroundings. Plenty of walks lead from this area, if you manage to leave the pub!
Enjoy the outdoors!
Published by Eve Sanders