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Winter Camping on Dartmoor

Winter Camping on Dartmoor.

I was starting to have second thoughts as I followed the forest track towards the moor. Freezing skeins of rain pulsed across the sky and clattered through the branches above me. Sheltering beneath a fir tree to pull my waterproof trousers on I weighed up the pro's and con's of continuing. The plan had been to give my new tent it's first winter trial in sub zero conditions but so far, although cold, the temperature was stubbornly staying above freezing.

The weather forecast had promised high pressure, clear skies and freezing arctic air. This was starting to feel unlikely in the face of high winds and squally showers. I always review my plans in the light of changing circumstances, but tonight I decided to push on. I wasn't going far and if the weather was still bad by the time I got to my campsite I could always bail out. So I walked on and sure enough before I left the forest the sky was clearing and the moon started to lend me some…

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