The next morning, we started our day with a full English breakfast. We didn’t sleep well, because our room (number 4, on the top floor) was very warm due to the hot summer sun. But it didn’t affect our moods, and we cheerfully went on our way to Meldon Reservoir in the North-West of Dartmore park. We met with my parents there for a medium difficult hike along the reservoir.
Unclear AA tracking booklets
The environment is beautiful. The hike itself was a bit difficult, because the descriptions of our booklet (50 Walks in Devon – ISBN 978-0-7495-6387-5 – edition 2013) were not clear. Later, we had similar problems during other hikes in this booklet. We experienced the same problem with the Cornwall edition – ISBN 978-0-7495-7398-0. They do not even indicate an address of the starting points, only a grid reference and the name of the nearest parking. We had to check the addresses on the internet before each hike. The maps and duration indications aren’t very accurate either. The tips on ‘where to eat / drink’ were good, however. At the end, we managed to finish some hikes.
Beautiful shooting area
We walked on a dam and followed the track along the reservoir. We had to search our way up to the hill. There was no path, we stepped on plants and walked on swamp-like grounds, avoiding dark holes. We extended our walk to Yes Tor (the name of a big rock compilation) via a military shooting area. The surrounding slopes are covered with grass and bushes. You could easily walk here for ages. We finished our walk with a satisfied feeling and had dinner at Churchill Farm camping where my parents stayed.
The partially burned down Holy Trinity Church of Buckfastleigh is situated near the camping. During sunset, it was a great place for making pictures.