/ Dartmoor ground conditions
It was pretty dry just over 2 weeks ago (sheeps tor, ivy bridge and dewerstone areas), it will be very dry now. I guess that is to be expected though after the recent very hot dry spell.
Firm and dry around the East Dart. No need for gaiters. Ticks still a problem and it won't be long before fires are a concern.
Depending on the strength of your ankles and the weight in your pack I would be switching to running shoes.
Thanks :) It'll be lightweight boots now then, I didn't know how long it stayed boggy for.
This is good info! I'm heading down from Inverness on Wednesday :-)
The ticks are really bad this year (well they were on dewerstone / sheeps tor not sure which one I picked them up from)
didn't see any to speak off on sheeps tor or dewerstone 2 weeks ago but they were bad on the campsite in the ivybridge area.
Thanks for that, the little sods seem to love crawling over me and I come out in a rash even if they don't latch on! I'll take plenty of anti-histamine with me.
Lots of ticks on the Eastern side of the moor.
I seem to be removing them from the dog and cat daily. I would recommend putting a tick hook into your first aid kit.
Will spray my legs well then.
It may be a bit of a daft question, but will the streams/small rivers still be running after the prolonged dry spell? I don't want to find out there's no drinking water at the end of a long day's walk!
If you are wearing trainers be vigilant for adders especially in low lying gorse clusters and long wavy dry grass. A friend of mine was bitten last summer on the moor xc running in trainers.
The water supply over near Teignhead Farm (good wild campsite) is pretty reliable, watch out if taking any leat water at the moment as they are all well down.
Ticks are bad too. I had my very first one ever last weekend.
I'll be camping further west on sat night so lets hope there is enough breeze to keep the midges off!!
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