Hiking Around Dartmoor National Park - Devon, UK

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Dartmoor National Park - Devon

This is about a 2 hour drive from where we were staying (Lizard in Cornwall) but it was well worth the visit, seeing as we all like valleys, walking and national parks. There are a few long walks to choose from the Dartmoor National Park website, all of which are around 6 miles (10km) long but the one we went for was Postbridge.

Postbridge Map.PNGMap of Postbridge

Postbridge

Postbridge is a very small hamlet consisting of a handful of houses, a shop and a pub (of course there's a pub) and is located centrally in the park, along the East Dart River.

What wooed us over was the promise of seeing "far reaching views" and a "stunning waterfall" but they didn't include sunny weather in that description, which, fortunately for us, is what we also got! (Source: Dartmoor National Park website)

On the drive through the National Park, we saw some incredible views and took our time to enjoy those, with one particular view point catching our eye, which we shall visit later on in this blog.

The Adventure Begins

After getting some tips from the rather helpful people at the Visitor Centre, we picked up our map and set off on our adventurous hike.

Things began relatively comfortably along the track adjacent to the Visitor Centre with views of where we were heading coming in to sight.

DSC_0400-min.JPGViews of where we were heading coming in to sight

Wet Feet?

However, things started to get a little bit "wetter" underfoot for Wheeler as some of the ground was boggy (it is a moorland after all) and Postbridge claimed its first wet foot victim.

DSC_0401-min.JPGThe bog that claimed its first wet foot victim!

Ascent to the Waterfall

Nonetheless, we needed to plough onwards and upwards… a lot of upwards. A gentle slope turned in to a steeper slope to test our stamina but if you follow the grass path, you'll be fine (but always have an OS map with you) and the views at the top of this section are worth it!

DSC_0402-min.JPGView of the Moorland from the top of the ascent

This hill did plateau and after about half a mile (800 metres) along the path, we made it to the waterfalls. Although not as big as some waterfalls I've been to, there was still plenty of noise as the water rushed through the rocks and a decent place to stop for a bite to eat.

DSC_0404-min.JPGEnjoying lunch at the Waterfalls

DSC_0405-min.JPGPostbridge Waterfalls

What Goes Up…

…Must come down again and we made a real hash of this, thankfully we had clear weather! From the map, it looked like we needed to keep relatively close to the river to make it back to the Visitor Centre so we ventured down there, taking an adventurous route as we hopped across the river to try and find what we thought were footpaths.

DSC_0411-min.JPGLooking up the East Dart River

Wet Feet Again?

So after deciding to cross the river for a 3rd time, the dry feet were no more for me or Hammad and we ended up in the drink (who made such wobbly rocks?)! These guys were laughing at us, amateurs!

DSC_0412-min.JPGOur audience enjoyed the show

DSC_0414-min.JPGThis one really was laughing at our river crossing escapades!

Eventually, we did manage to find our way back on to the path we were supposed to be on, which gave us some pretty awesome views of the river as it carved its way through the valleys and back to the Visitor Centre to dry our feet!

DSC_0416-min.JPGThe river carving a path through the valleys

Panoramic Views

Remember that viewpoint we passed on our way over to Postbridge? Well, let's head back there and enjoy the views before the Sun goes down. Regrettably, the ice cream van was just heading off as we arrived so we couldn't truly enjoy the views (although it was pretty breezy up there so maybe it was a sign)! Nonetheless, well worth stopping off for I'm sure you'll agree!

DSC_0425-min.JPGPanoramic views of Dartmoor National Park

If you're planning on visiting and walking around Postbridge, there's useful information on the Dartmoor website for you to read through and even an audio guide - here's the transcript of it

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This is one of the reason I love Steemit! I get to see the world even though I'm not traveling.
Must have been great to see those beautiful places and the animals roaming around all day long, eating uncontaminated green. Hiking with your feet wet is not exactly my dream or any other hikers dream, but unfortunately it happens. I fell into a creek once and I know first hand what you are taking about :D
I love that grass you are having there (at the waterfall), I've never seen that here in Romania.
Anyway, it was great reading about your adventure. Well done and stay safe next time :)

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Hey @erikah! Thanks for stopping by and commenting - I'm glad you enjoyed vicariously living our hike here, nightmare it was with our wet feet but the views made up for it... until the long drive back to our holiday cottage haha.

Oh damn, falling in to a creek does not sound fun at all, it's the initial shock followed by the panic of "I HAVE TO GET OUT OF HERE" haha, then you feel a fool and then you just keep moving and try to survive until you get to dryness and warmth!

We'll do our best to stay safe but we are young boys in spirit so something will always be attempted that we shouldn't attempt haha!

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I know the feeling. You see something, you think you can do it then you can't but it's too late.
Anyway, happy hiking! :)

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Haha ^^^ This :')

Thanks @erikah! You too

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:O No way! Thank you for that, you've really made my day! What an honour :)))

Arggh it's my worst fear to get my feet wet during a hike, it's the most unsettling feeling.

I like how the yellow wildflowers all blossomed and made the photos look much better.

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Haha! I know, we thought we could make it but we just aren't as agile as we were 10 years ago :D You just have to keep walking when you do get your feet wet and wear woolen socks, not cotton! They have a chance of drying if they are cotton!

Yes there are some amazing colours on that walk, I'm sure as Autumn/Fall comes, the colours will be even more spectacular!

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It looks like you had an exciting adventure with those great photos. I really like the panoramic view of Dartmoor National Park! It is very green and refreshing.

I just noticed the hike is through an open land and no forest so I wonder how the temperature and weather that day. Good thing there are waterfalls there. How long or how many hours it took you for hike? Wasn't it too hot knowing you are exposed under the sun?

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Hey @macoolette! Thanks for stopping by and having a read of this hike! Yea it was an adventure, always good to share these things I think and a lot of the National Parks in the UK are green thanks to the rain we get!

The walk was through open moorland and we did get lucky with the weather - it was around 16-17C and sunny with partial clouds when we did the walk so pretty ideal. A lot of the time, the moorland is cloudy or visibility is poor so definitely were fortunate!

In September, the temperature isn't as high in the UK but it really depends if we get the warm air from Africa, or cooler air from the East/North or wet from the West! We also did the walk at about 3pm UK time so it was after peak heat time.

Time wise, this took us about 3.5 hours in total.

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You hiked at 16-17C? I maybe cuddling in bed with that temperature. 😂 Kidding side, I think that is indeed a very good temperature to have exercise and sweat outdoor. Much so with 3.5 hours duration, I think that is a fair leg stretching activity for a day.

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Hahaha you must be from a hot country if you think 16-17C is cold!! Yea 3.5 hours is good but I always want more, maybe double that is a great leg stretching exercise... or I'm just mad, one of the two :P

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How about a regular temperature of 29C that feels like 36C? Look at this temperature just now, at pass 11 o'clock in the evening. It is the temperature of one of the cities here in Metro Manila (Philippines) where I live.

If you hike only once in a while then I guess more than 3.5 hours will actually be great. It looks like you have good stamina for the outdoor. 😊

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Oh damn!! No wonder you think 16-17C is cold! I'd be melting at that temperature. I did a 5km run around the fields in my home town in 30C during our "heatwave" and that is something I won't be doing again :D

Plus 84% humidity... I hope you have air con!

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Run at 30°C? Indeed, it is not worth another attempt. I will faint if I run at even 25°C! I joined a few 10K fun runs but we did it at early morning when temperature is still around 20°C.

I'm using electtic fan.

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Still, 20°C is pretty warm to run in - although for you that must have felt cold!

Hope the electric fan keeps you cool!

I remember during my teenage days, we were hiking going to our little farm. I was a little bit frowning when we started to walk. I didn't like it at the start but after several steps, smile appeared on my face.
I did love it!

Even walking itself is huge. Walking is relaxing the whole body and add by watching the views is much more of a joyful journey.

As I can see your photos @nickyhavey, it also reminds me of the place when me and my friends went outing. It was fun and we bathed in the waterfalls.

Why do I talk about myself lol!
Sorry for that.
I guess it reflects when I read your post together with that wonderful photos. Your experience is also a remembrance of good memories to others and I thank you for that @nickyhavey!

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You're right about walking being a great way to relax. There's so many scientific findings that prove exercise is so great for body and mind so keep doing it. I had a lot of walks where my legs didn't want to take me anywhere but powered through and walking around nature really takes the frowns away :)

You don't need to apologise man, it's great to hear from you and how it reminds you of the places you have been to. We all have our own stories and in this busy world, it's very easy to get lost in our own world when it's more than likely, others have walked a similar path so thanks for sharing yours too!

Looking forward to hearing more from you too!

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I guess maybe I could go out some other time with my love ones or friends much more farther . Its been years here at home and I only go out when I go to church just about 100 steps away. Most of the time during breaks of the day I go outside to our backyard and spend some minutes in nature.

I gotta leave now, its my cooking time :)
Have a great day Nicky!

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Yea try to do what you can to do a few more outside steps buddy :)

Hope you cooked up a delicious meal!

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Yup. Thanks buddy :)
They gotta love it or less no more cooking lol!

Just a simple daily activities, walking, cooking, playing, onlining . I'm already satisfied. Onlining sounds weird lol!

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Haha, chef @ronel says you will love it :D

And onlining sounds weird but should definitely be a word - never seen it verbalised before!! Sometimes the simple life does sound a lot better :)

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Its hard to work hard Nicky :) Maybe I guess I'm just kinda lazy to not work that much to really push on something that make me sweat lol!

During my younger years I was just swinging with friends, studying because people around are studying, working because they were also working. Just following what people are doing. I could not even stop just a 5 minute break just to be myself alone, as far as I could remember during those years in time. I have no clue about those silence or solitude thing. I even prayed too quickly in the evening only because I always look forward on waking up early to work. My mouth is exploding words now lol!

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You're damn right it's hard to work hard man, it is scary going in to the unknown but I read an amazing blog today about "confidence" as I think that's truly the thing that holds everyone back from being the best version of themselves - have a read of that here.

I think a good question to ask is did you have fun doing all that stuff?

I guess the trick is to find something that you like doing so it doesn't feel so much like work as something you don't like doing.

It's very easy to rush around and be "busy" these days I think, but to find 5 minutes and just do something like mindfulness, meditation or listening to your favourite track, can make a big difference :)

howdy from Texas nickyhavey! say ya'll did a good deal of hiking on this post didn't ya? Well it was well worth the wonderful views and sites, I particularly enjoyed the water falls!
Obviously you guys like to do posts of your hikes or travels, do you have another destination picked out for your next hike?

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Hey @janton from Texas! Where in Texas are you as I've been there a couple of times (Longview, Dallas, Houston, Jefferson) :)

Yea me and my friends like ourselves some hiking, this walk certainly was one of the "wetter" ones we have been on but we do like a good old fitness challenge!

Thanks for checking out the post and I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed the water falls as much as we did!

It's just me that does the posting - they sleep, I write haha :D Sadly though, we have come to the end of our holiday this time round but I still have a couple more activities to post about. We were down in the South West of England (Cornwall) for this past week and it's by far my favourite place in the UK (although I love all the natural parks we have here) - I guess it's because I went there every year with family as a kid.

As for next travel destination, I'm definitely going to be spending some extended time in Australia from April next year but may be doing a city or two in Europe in November :)

How about you? Got any adventures planned?

P.S. sorry for the long response, that writing bug kicks in and away it goes :P

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ahaha! wow! no apologizes needed, I love the long response, very refreshing from the "thanks, glad you liked it" reply! lol.

Wow are you guys rich that you can travel all over? how do you afford that?
Australia's amazing but I've never been..however that will be some super wonderful posts I'm sure!

no plans for me except to keep my nose to the steemit grindstone and work. boy that's sounds terrible compared to your plans! lol.
we NE of Dallas, were you here on vacation or work?

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Haha, well I agree with you there, sometimes you put a lot of effort in and all you get is "nice post" and you're like "seriously? That's all you have to say?" haha!

I wouldn't say rich, I just have a full on Excel file that I put ALL my income, outgoings and things like that so I can budget for trips. It really helps when you say "I want to go to X", then you know how much it costs and you can start saving for it. Plus a lot of time is spent researching cheap ways to get to a destination, accommodation and when you go with others, you can share the cost, which helps as well.

But as you're in the USA, there's SO many national parks you can go to and not pay extortionate fees. I did a camping trip through the Rocky Mountains, most of the time staying in KOA but if camping isn't your thing, lodges are a cheaper alternative to hotels. It's just planning really, research and assess your options :)

I've travelled down the east coast for a couple of weeks in Australia but would love to explore the south and maybe do a few hikes there. Really open plan at the moment.

Haha, do what you gotta do man, we all have our own needs (but maybe start planning your next adventure) :)

I was visiting some friends over in TX for a couple of weeks so it was vacation - always a unique experience when I'm over with them, I love it :)

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howdy again nickyhavey! am I writing to Nicky? a male or female? sorry I got confused and it wasn't clear whether you were one person, a couple, or what! lol.

Thanks so much for getting back to me and it's inspirational what you do, traveling all over. But you do have a full time regular job?

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Hehe, I'm male, just me and Nicky Havey (said havvy) is what everyone calls me - sorry for the confusion!

I don't always travel but since I had 3 months full on travelling back in 2015, I have the bug! I do have a full time job & a part time job at the moment so only get a chance to catch up on things for a few minutes in the evening. So when I go on holiday, I try to get the blogs done :)

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wow sir nickyhavey...a full time job and a part time job? is that because you have to work that much in order to pay all the bills? or are you a workaholic? lol.

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Haha! Well, it was to help pay for my Australia trip but the Universe has a funny way of working sometimes...

I do like working and doing things but even I need to switch off from time to time :)

Thank you for taking us with you on your adventure! I like the story and your photos are great!

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yeah maybe you could get some pointers from this.

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I'll remind you about that when you'll need some help again, LOL!

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Lol some savagery going on here :')

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Hehe! Thanks a lot @delishtreats - I'm glad you enjoyed the adventure here and looking forward to bringing many more. Will follow you as well :)

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Can't wait to see them! 😊

So fortunate to have a clear view and sunshine. Dartmoor is not known for being so kind.
My walking days are limited to an extent but I do still do a bit and no matter how often you walk, it is still easy to second guess where the footpath should go.
Quite frustrating two miles down the track and reluctantly having to retrace one's footsteps.
Pity about the ice cream, alway the reward at the end of a glorious hike!

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I know, we really lucked out on the weather here, even the tour guides in the Visitor centre said it's not usually like this so we were grateful for it!

I know, we always get lost but as long as you have one person with a relatively good sense of direction and can read an OS map, you can get back to where you need to be (usually)... The worst is when there are seemingly trodden public paths that go off in different directions but on the OS, there's only one haha - which is it?!

Yea we were a little miffed with our ice cream situation, especially as we were in a habit of eating one each day, it is Cornwall/Devon after all!

Thanks for commenting though, great to connect with you :)

What fun! Even with all the wet feet! I have never heard of this place, but it sure is lovely. The livestock seen to enjoy it and I was very interested to see a horse at the falls. I'm glad you found your way back to the trail ok :)

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Haha, yes the livestock certainly had an entertaining show that we put on for them :D There were a lot of wild horses across these moorlands, along with various sheep and cows too so plenty of wildlife.

I hadn't really explored this National Park either until this walk so will certainly be looking to do more walks there as time goes on :)

Thanks for reading and leaving a comment, great to hear from you!

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Oh that is so cool. I did not realize the horses were wild there. Not what I think of for the UK!

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Yea some horses are wild here in the National Parks, left to roam. What were your perceptions previously then? I'm intrigued :)

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Please realize I am quite ignorant of most of the world due to spending most of my life in the inward looking United States.

I think of the UK as not wild whatsoever. Any place that is green is like a park with fences or walls and police and no littering. There are no free animals except for birds and maybe squirrels and rabbits. People walk around in tweed coats with walking sticks and all the horses have saddles. Paths are well-worn and have wall on each side.

That's the best I can do while tired :)

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Haha, love it how the perception of the UK is tainted sometimes. Some people who have only seen Britain through "Downton Abbey" believe we all live and talk like that :)

For a small island, we do alright I think!

I've been to 14 states in USA if memory serves right. You have a lot to do there so it's no wonder not many folks venture outside.

Hi @nickyhavey ! in spite of all the difficulties You had to face in this journey, you were able to see these magnificent landscapes. I think it was worth it. Great story and interesting photos. Thank you!

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Hey @madlenfox! Thanks for commenting!

Yea I believe it's always worth the struggle when you have views like this to enjoy at the end of it and glad you enjoyed the story :)

Hiking for the win hehe

Very peaceful place from what I see... Nice photos as well.

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Thanks @postcardsfromlbn! Yes it was pretty peaceful in some areas of the walk, you couldn't hear anything, pure silence (apart from the odd baaa from a sheep!) Great place to unwind :)

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Thank you for sharing such dairy in photogrpahs @nickyhavey, Cornwall is famous of its beautiful national parks, actually the whole Cornwall look like national park. Few years ago we lived in Haverfordwest, in South West Wales, therefore were on and off in Devon and once in Truro. I really enjoyed it, it is truly one of the beautiful places in UK.

I love the meadow on your panoramic picture, really juicy green and also the little waterfall must be enjoyable to have a lunch on side of it.

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Ah thanks a lot @art-venture and I agree with you, it's one of my favourite places in the UK to visit and on a regular basis. Been posting from other endeavours this week which may interest you too.

We certainly made the most of the scenic views, one of the perks of hiking :)

Oh yes @nickyhavey the goats from your 8. picture are real super artists in climbing on rocks :-)

Haha yes but i bet you do it also very good an your awesome hiking tour! ;-)

You really bring us fantastic experiences back from the location, and you should be proud on it. So very well deserved upvotes and i also drop my little party by .

Greetings from germany :-)

*by the way magical photos from the landscape 👍

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Hehe thanks @avizor!! Yea they really are masters of climbing considering their legs are quite narrow and they have small hooves to grip the surfaces! I could learn a lesson from them seeing as I slipped in the river... d'oh :D

Thanks for leaving a comment and I can't believe that this blog has exploded into life, I'm glad so many are enjoying the story and feeling like they were part of the adventure too :)

I hope Germany is treating you well! Wie ghets? :)

That vast open field is surely inviting for a hike. Always was the type that liked to stretch my legs if I had to walk on a place like that. Im more fascinated about those rock formations, seems like the perfect subjects for a study in rock formation and rendering the effect on digital media. My inner illustrator kicks in when I see cool places to draw :D

Glad you had fun doing the hike. Most city folks could only watch other people do it on tv. :D

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That's so cool @adamada that it brings out your illustrative instinct! There are certainly plenty of interesting rock formations in the South West Coast of Cornwall so you'd have a field day... literally! I'm sure you can draw inspiration from some of these pictures and in my recent posts of the coastline (no pun intended on that either)!

If there's an opportunity to walk in the countryside, I'm there as I've not been a city person really, much prefer being with nature but every one has their own preferences :) If there's a place on TV that people have hiked on, I'll definitely be contemplating that as a next place to visit :D

Well, I guess there's nothing like getting your feet wet, to keep the adventure going. Those are some great picks, and the waterfall would be an awesome place for a nice lunch.

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Haha, well, we certainly had to keep our feet moving to carry on with the adventure once they "quenched their thirst"! Thanks for checking out the post and I'm pleased you enjoyed the photos. Well worth visiting and, if you're as lucky as we were with the weather, then it's a very pleasant place to stop for lunch :)