09:27:14Scenes on arrival at Paddington - people queuing out the door trying to get even a standing space on this train down to Devon I was originally intending to be on. I decided to take an alternative route, via Bristol, and thanks to that cunning bit of improvisation I had a seat the whole way to Okehampton!
10:54:46Passing through Bath on my detour.
11:04:33Somewhere between Bath and Bristol?
11:23:45I changed at Bristol Temple Meads, and was pleased to see they still have a West Cornwall Pasty Co there (they mostly seem to have disappeared in London now) and better still a vegan version of the classic pasty.
11:27:29Bristol Temple Meads.
11:29:48This sign was a bit confusing.
12:08:22A friend is from here so I took a photo as I was passing through to send to him.
14:47:02Anyway, rail detours aside, I am finally on the moor now! This is on the (military?) road out of Okehampton, heading towwards Oke Tor. Lovely day for it!
14:49:37Me on the moor.
15:05:48Still on the road.
15:21:49I think by this point the road was no longer accessible to cars, and turned into a track, so started to feel gratfiyingly more wild from here on.
15:58:58The view from Oke Tor, looking towards Belstone Tor.
15:59:03I think this may be looking across to High Willihays, but don't quote me on that.
15:59:08More views from Oke Tor.
16:28:41Now in Steeperton Gorge, where I tried out my Pocket Wellies to ford the river.
16:38:23Heading up Steeperton Tor.
19:25:11Much later on, after arriving at Buttern Hill and deciding to set up camp here. I had ridiculously brought along a blowtorch so I could brown the top of the lasagne I was going to attempt to cook (mostly) on a campstove.
19:25:26The sun disappearing over a hill.
19:26:13The finished lasagne, I think this wasn't a bad effort considering I had to do it all on a single camping gas stove plus the blowtorch.
19:29:59The lasagne with a glass of Burgundy.
19:40:56Still at least a bit of sunset interest remaining.
19:56:46My tent, next to a couple of tthe stones of the (blink and you'd miss it) stone circle at Buttern Hill.
20:24:07Getting a bit dark now.
20:24:46Cosy tent in the gloaming on the moor.
20:50:54It was a nice clear night so I did some night photography. Orion was very clearly visible.
21:00:36It seems my phone now generates these short videos when I asked it to do a "Night Sight" photo.
21:09:05It was lovely sitting here stargazing, I hope the photos give at least a bit of a sense of it.
21:17:56So many stars visible now!
23:09:00A last couple of photos with my tent in before bedtime.
23:09:46Goodnight from Dartmoor!