WITC is packing, preparing and plotting walks for the forthcoming weekend. The Met Office forecast is for a few heavy showers developing on Friday, but otherwise it will be largely dry, with warm, sunny spells and light winds.
This is combined with the annual Spring Meet on Sunday at Lee Moor, which whoisthechallenger will be attending. All in all, it means it'll be a great long weekend on the Moor for us.
Thanks to TH&S, WITC has had another far flung adventure. Escaping Dartmoor for a day trip to the New Forest National Park in Hampshire. A letterbox walk has been sited on an interesting little route through the trees from Bolderwood car park. Bolderwood appears to be a major draw to the National Park. Here are all the facilities you'd expect at a large car park, as well as a deer sanctuary and deer viewing platform. Whilst today we saw no deer from the platform, we did spot them in the forest itself. Bolderwood could be a New Forest equivalent of Dartmoor's Fingle Bridge. Letterboxing amongst the trees had the benefit of seclusion from prying eyes, and ample box hiding opportunities, such as the fallen tree (pictured) with pot hidden within. A variation on the 'plugged in tree roots' approach. On a dull weekday, we almost had the plantation to ourselves. We were passed by a horse and cart (pictured) and there were several dog-walkers and cyclists in the vicinit…
'The Caves & Tunnels of Dartmoor' is the title of my latest Letterboxing project: a Charity Walk sited this month, and out on the Moor until the end of March 2018.
I have never sited a charity Letterbox walk, so the whole experience so far has been fascinating. Let me explain. I had a desire to do some good. To raise some cash for a charity which does work on Dartmoor. I had an idea for a set of interesting boxes. I have a passion for the environment and conservation. It seemed obvious to choose a wildlife charity, and Mid Devon Bat Rescue - based near North Tawton - stood out. This charity is run by volunteers, helping lost, injured or orphaned bats. It's large enough to care for a significant proportion of Dartmoor (a line from about Tavistock to Newton Abbot northwards in fact) yet small enough that funds raised by a charity walk will make a real, tangible difference.
My caves and tunnels themed stamps were suitably appropriate. Kari, who runs the charity …
At long last, WITC took the plunge and purchased a new GPS. A brand new shiny Garmin Dakota 10. Sure, there are bigger and better things out there, with mapping and stuff, but this is more than adequate for us, and it was a bargain £90 on eBay. Out on it's inaugural walk (above), and we are really very impressed. Clear display, good battery life, accurate and good satelite locks. Recommend.