As a footnote to 2021, a DSRT Plymouth team member was out walking on New Years Eve on the high moor north of Two Bridges.
They had walked to the waterfall on the East Dart, then headed South to hit the wall before working up to Lower White Tor. Near the wall two walkers presented themselves stating they were lost, had called the Police and now their phones had dead batteries.
The team member called Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team – Tavistock as he assumed they had been alerted. They had indeed been called and were already deploying to their RV.
It was agreed that our team member would escort the two lost walkers to Two Bridges, so DSRT Tavistock were stood down.
With the short amount of daylight, poor weather and saturated moorland it can easily catch out walkers. The need to be properly prepared and equipped for walks on the moor this time of year is paramount. Carrying a map and compass and learning the skills to use them is essential – after all they don’t rely on battery power!
Remember if you need assistance on the moors, Dial 999 or 112, ask for the Police and then Mountain Rescue.
Ask yourself 3 questions before you set off:
– Do I have the right GEAR?
– Do I know what the WEATHER will be like?
– Am I confident I have the KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS for the day?
DSRTP library photo