Day 2 started off with some pretty bad weather, but luckily for me, this got better as the day progressed.
One of the defining characteristics of this day was the number of stream crossings I would have to make. In fact, as soon as I was packed up and ready to go, I was faced with the first crossing of the day straight away!
Crossing streams in wet weather is a lot more difficult than in the dry because the rocks are very slippery. Although stream crossings sound like a trivial affair, they are actually one of the highest risk procedures that I have to do for this solo walk.
The chances of slipping on hard rock is greatly increased due to the wet moss and uneven stream beds. A slippage could result in a walk-ending injury at the very worst or at the very least would ensure that I got wet.
With only one set of clothes, getting them wet in the Winter is not an option. As such, I had to pick my crossing points very carefully.
To add further drama to proceedings, I’m right in the middle of the North Dartmoor Army training areas which I know will be live the following day. This means that regardless of the time, I have to ensure that I have cleared the areas for my own personal safety.
As usual I will let the pictures tell the story!
I know I’m now around 7 km short of my original planned destination and will have to make that up the following day. Tune in for the next part of this walk to see whether I regained the lost distance. In the meantime I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!