Our third weekend on Dartmoor loomed quite quickly on the heels of the last one. Unfortunately we only had eight walkers – 5 in the 35 mile team and 3 in the 45 mile team. Harry has therefore become part of the team and will walk with the 45 mile team in the actual event. This weekend we were accompanied by Ben, Mike (who some of the 45 mile team remember from their 35 mile training), Mr Alsop and Sally.
Thankfully this weekend the weather was stunning which was just as well as our campsite was a scout site with no amenities apart from a chemical loo and tap! We are told that this is all getting us ready for our last weekend of training and the actual event.
We are told that we are the quickest team to get ourselves up and organised in the morning. It is nice that on Saturday we have breakfast cooked for us.
On Saturday we were driven to Okehampton Camp. For the 35 mile team it was straight out to Dinger Tor which was on our route during the first weekend. It was to be a long walk so an early start was made.
We were accompanied for part of the walk and were then set off to undertake the final couple of stages on our own. It is quite scary the first time you are expected to do that as you have no-one to help with the navigation if you are unsure.
We were getting near to the end of our walk and going towards Little Mis when we came across a river which was in flood. The 45 mile team tried further up the river and eventually walked back to the road, walked along there until they could pick up their path. The 35 mile team phoned to ask for assistant and were asked to go back to Merrivale and Ben would walk out to meet them. It was with some relief when Ben was spotted. The team finally got back to the minibus at about 7.30 pm. The leaders said how impressed they were with the decision taken and that the teams had done exactly the right thing.
The 45 mile team continued on with their walk – going all the way back to the camp site, arriving at about 10.40 pm – very tired but pleased they had completed the whole distance set.
The teams walked 28.6 and 41.7 km respectively.
On Sunday we were walking from the campsite. Unfortunately the 45 mile team made off with not only their own route plan but also the 35 mile teams. Mr Alsop and Sally met the 35 mile team at Sheeps Tor and the team were reunited with their route plan and a fully charged mobile phone.
Both teams were sent off on their own for the day with staff meeting up with them at a variety of points.
Although for the 35 mile team there were a couple of problems with navigating again the team impressed the leaders with their ability to work out where they were. Lessons taught were used to look at the area and identify the geographical features which could be seen and relate them to the map.
Both teams finished in good time having completed walks of 21 and 26 km respectively.
The 35 mile team watched the 45 mile team walk in and ran to meet them with cake!
Written by Mrs Sally Pinner
Write-ups about the previous weekends can be found here.