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Metal mug
02-04-2011, 12:05 PM
I was interested in finding out how many people on the site are from N Devon/Exmoor. And if any of them were interested in having a meet. Maybe the first meet could be just a day walk or something and then we plan something bigger for another time. Also people who could travel to Exmoor are more than welcome as well. Anyway if you're interested write on the link.


Thanks
Jack aka Metal mug

Martin
02-04-2011, 12:27 PM
I love Exmoor. Would be keen on a couple of days walking. :)

Martin

swkieran
02-04-2011, 02:52 PM
id be up for it exmoor isint that far a jaunt jus a trip up a380 an tiny bit of m5 :)

paul standley
02-04-2011, 07:55 PM
Exmoor is among my favourite places, I'm up for a day or two out, dates permitting.

Paul.

jus_young
02-04-2011, 09:43 PM
Time for a local one :D

Jack - you have something in mind?

It looks like that a few of you would be traveling so a one day meet might be less convenient. Anybody have an idea of a suitable overnight stop? Or is it time for a bit of 'stealth crafting'?

paul standley
02-04-2011, 09:50 PM
I'll defer to the guys with the local knowledge for a stop-over but stealth is fine by me if we need to.

Metal mug
03-04-2011, 08:59 AM
Well I could list a few places that you can park for a couple of days without anyone noticing. Simonsbath comes to mind. It's a small place but it's got a pub a tearoom and a small surplus store. :) But anyway I'll think of a few places and get some piccys for everyone.

GwersyllaCnau
03-04-2011, 09:41 AM
HMMM... 5 stealth camping? Still, not quite a patrol, you may have a chance lol.

Metal mug
03-04-2011, 10:34 AM
Hunters Inn in the Heddon valley is quite a good place as well. There's a donation national trust camping site with two oil drum BBQs. This could be another good place to meet or stop for a less discrete nights camping. Or for those of you that like wild camping (like me) or hammocking there is plently of woods in the local vicinity. I'll try and list some other places (with pictures) soon. Also we should try and sort out a rough date as well. If you have any ideas put 'em on the thread. Anyway enough of my yammering, enjoy the piccys.

Martin
03-04-2011, 11:53 AM
There's a great camp site just outside of Dunster which I went to a couple of times about 15 years ago. I can't remember what it's called at the moment, but it's by a small river and allows fires. There is a small toilet and shower block but there it's a really small site. The lady comes round in the morning to collect the cash. I'll try to find what it's called and report back.

Martin

Martin
03-04-2011, 12:10 PM
Right, I'm pretty sure this is the place:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=51.19093,-3.61448&spn=0.003281,0.01369&t=h&z=17

If any of you can put a name to this place, we could make enquiries.

Martin

Metal mug
03-04-2011, 12:23 PM
Right, I'm pretty sure this is the place:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=51.19093,-3.61448&spn=0.003281,0.01369&t=h&z=17

If any of you can put a name to this place, we could make enquiries.

Martin Looks nice and I don't get over to the east side of exmoor as much as I'd like to. I'll try and find out the name. I like the place called Homer. :D I think it's supposed to be called horner but it's been misspelt. Either that or it's the typeface.

Martin
03-04-2011, 12:26 PM
Got it. http://www.caravancampingsites.co.uk/somerset/poolbridge.htm :)

Martin

Metal mug
03-04-2011, 12:34 PM
Looks really good, and I think I know know where it is. Well I'll find it soon enough. :) Anyway it looks good to me, what does everyone else think?

Tom Bombadil
03-04-2011, 12:46 PM
Sounds like a good idea, I'd be interested. Will there be a real ale tent?;)

paul standley
03-04-2011, 04:58 PM
Poolbridge suits me fine.

Date wise I'm easy however, Some of our Welsh contingent are looking at a woodland meet near the Gower (Swansea area) around 21st May with an open invite to everyone so maybe want to avoid a clash. Nothing's been posted about it yet, probably come out in next day or two.

Metal mug
03-04-2011, 05:59 PM
Yeah I was thinking about dates myself. Basically if people were interested in coming could you say when would be a good time. After all we don't want to leave anyone out, also maybe we should choose a time when it was not too busy. As to avoid peak holiday-maker time. And another thing to find out if if there are any good walks from Poolbridge.

Martin
03-04-2011, 07:46 PM
Right then guys, I've put together a Doodle Poll to get dates sorted for this gathering. Just click on the link and add your names to the list along with the dates you're available. Basically, the date that has the most number of hits will be the date we go with. :)

http://doodle.com/g3a5gznvxyvmsih5

Martin

jus_young
03-04-2011, 11:27 PM
Nice find Martin

Jack - I think Martin has found the ideal place. It would be a struggle to find anywhere else that will allow an open fire to cook the range of foods that seem to turn up on these meets. I can give you a hand in looking into some local walks if you wish. It might be worth giving them a ring to find out whether the hammock contingency are catered for here or whether it is strictly a ground based sleeping setup.

Metal mug
04-04-2011, 07:39 AM
Nice find Martin

Jack - I think Martin has found the ideal place. It would be a struggle to find anywhere else that will allow an open fire to cook the range of foods that seem to turn up on these meets. I can give you a hand in looking into some local walks if you wish. It might be worth giving them a ring to find out whether the hammock contingency are catered for here or whether it is strictly a ground based sleeping setup.I'd agree, it looks lovely. And no angry farmer will chase me away in the middle of the night. :D Yeah I was looking at the OS map and I think there is a couple of good looking circuit walks in the area. Also Dunkery beacon (the highest point on exmoor) is nearby. I'll be happy to guinea pig any of the walks people suggest. (except ones to Australia :)) I'll look at the map again today, if I was planning a walk what sort of mileage would people be expecting to cover. After all I don't want to turn a relaxing hike into a yomp. :D

Metal mug
04-04-2011, 07:41 AM
Right then guys, I've put together a Doodle Poll to get dates sorted for this gathering. Just click on the link and add your names to the list along with the dates you're available. Basically, the date that has the most number of hits will be the date we go with. :)

http://doodle.com/g3a5gznvxyvmsih5

Martin Oh I forgot to say, great little poll Martin. :)

Skate
04-04-2011, 08:10 AM
Have used Pool Bridge camp site many times (even proposed to my wife there on one memorable night) but afraid it has become a victim of it's own success. Has changed from a quiet beautiful site to packed most of the time and little access to areas where fires are allowed. A shame but inevitable.

Metal mug
04-04-2011, 02:59 PM
We should try and beat the holiday rush. That is if people are avaliable. The fire rule could be a bit of a pain. I checked the area out around there today (the site's not open for a while yet) seems nice. I took some pictures.

Metal mug
04-04-2011, 03:18 PM
Have used Pool Bridge camp site many times (even proposed to my wife there on one memorable night) but afraid it has become a victim of it's own success. Has changed from a quiet beautiful site to packed most of the time and little access to areas where fires are allowed. A shame but inevitable.

Maybe we should hammock up in horner wood. :)

Martin
04-04-2011, 03:46 PM
We should try and beat the holiday rush. That is if people are avaliable. The fire rule could be a bit of a pain. I checked the area out around there today (the site's not open for a while yet) seems nice. I took some pictures.

Does it say that the site's closed? If so, when did it say it's open from?

Martin

Tom Bombadil
04-04-2011, 04:15 PM
Excellent location choice. In case anyone is trying to roughly place it, once you arrive at Exford, just turn into the minor road set behind the green close to the Crown Hotel, then drive past a small parade of shops (2 !) that face the village park/recreation ground and I think you turn right immediately after the first cattle grid (signposted Stoke Pero) and left at next junction named Porlock Post. Keep on that road over another cattle grid, past Pool Farm and the entrance is a little beyond there, on the left at the bridge. This is assuming you're arriving from say, Ilfracombe, Combe Martin, Simonsbath side. I can verify/clarify these details later if it helps, petrol and diesel being hard to come by!

Skate
04-04-2011, 04:51 PM
Can remember talking to the owner once and he was happy to let the site be used out of season if pre planned. Would be lovely in the Winter.

Martin
04-04-2011, 05:10 PM
Well, if it's not too much trouble, why don't one of you local guys get over to Pool Farm and have a chat with the owner to see if we can set something up before the season starts proper? Like Skate says, could be lovely in the winter and a good base for North Devon NBC members.

Martin

Metal mug
04-04-2011, 05:55 PM
I'll try a.s.a.p. (Well quite soon) :)

Metal mug
04-04-2011, 06:00 PM
Also what date are we talking here? This month or early may?

Martin
04-04-2011, 06:44 PM
Also what date are we talking here? This month or early may?

I suppose it depends on what the site owner says. I would imagine he'd be thinking of opening up before Easter or for Easter weekend at least, which is the weekend of the Cornwall RV. I guess it would be worth a visit just to sound him out about using his site out of season for North Devon meets.

Martin

Metal mug
04-04-2011, 09:09 PM
I suppose it depends on what the site owner says. I would imagine he'd be thinking of opening up before Easter or for Easter weekend at least, which is the weekend of the Cornwall RV. I guess it would be worth a visit just to sound him out about using his site out of season for North Devon meets.

Martin Ok I'll ask him soon.

jus_young
04-04-2011, 09:52 PM
As its easter hols from next week I will have some time to pop around and have a chat with the owners if I can trace them. Looking at their web site its says that they are open from easter onwards so should find someone around.

Tom Bombadil
06-04-2011, 08:40 AM
My flatcoat could always use another Exmoor walk - so we could be in that vicinity before too long. I could ask around to locate the owners, if it helps.

Metal mug
06-04-2011, 12:52 PM
Well I looked at pool farm, not a soul around. So I tried my luck down at the campsite, it's open! I had a short chat with a couple who said that a man came and collected the money between 9.00 - 9.30. I think it must have a new owner, someone from Bossington near Minehead. Anyway here's the important things to know.


Prices

Adults 6 per night

6-14 3 pn

0-5 1pn

Rules

No campfires execept within 3 meters of the river bank (for fire safety)

Minimum distance between tents 7m (again for fire safety)

No singing or noise making after 11pm

No radios

There are toilets and a shower and also a payphone, which is very handy. But i'm afraid Tom Bombadil there is no real ale tent. :D

Anyway that's all to know for now, i'll probably give the owner a ring or send him an email asking about out of season meetings. But I hope that the info has helped everyone.

Tom Bombadil
06-04-2011, 02:18 PM
That's ok, I have the swag with the built-in real ale option, or the Bevy-Bivvy, this week featuring Beer Grylls and Mears' Mild. Tastes awful - but you can live on it!

Tom Bombadil
06-04-2011, 02:55 PM
By the way, a little off subject, but if you like sites where fires etc. are permitted, Cloud Farm near Malmsmead is a nice uncomplicated little site for family or natural bushcraft folk, if you're ever visiting that area. It's in the Doone Valley, and we've camped there out of season Oct/Nov.:campfire:
They even do cream teas - but I'm not sure if they are up to your requirements Ashley!

Metal mug
06-04-2011, 08:47 PM
They even do cream teas - but I'm not sure if they are up to your requirements Ashley!

Oh no the Cornish cream tea vs Devon cream tea debate has started again! :D It'll provoke another war between Devon and Cornwall. Quick ready the scone catapults and fire them from the hills of Dartmoor. Then Cornwall will respond by throwing kelly's ice cream at everyone in Devon-therefore giving the Devonians brainfreeze. And then Devon will counter attack by making some sort of cider cannon and....... Ooooh! Men in white coats. Hey what are you doing?!? ARRRGHHH!!! hheellpfopidcfvbnzbfnghjnxgbnkn j..........................................:)

Metal mug
15-04-2011, 12:58 PM
Well I got a brief email back from the owner who said it should be ok to use the site out of season. But still, if anyone wants to do anything this summer/early autumn the thread is still open to suggestions.

swkieran
15-04-2011, 11:14 PM
bit of a change of subject only a small one thou,theres a place near to where i live lupton house/manor its on the internet if you wann take a look or google it,but it has massive woodlands acres in fact,ive done some work there,to cut along story short,im trying to sweet talk the lease holder janet into letting us use the woodlands for bushcraft activities,they need money as the mansion is derelict so i cant see there being to much trouble so fingeres crossed there could be a new place for us to use in devon :).btw its supposed to be haunted lol so theres ghosts aswell as trees lol :)

Metal mug
16-04-2011, 08:20 AM
bit of a change of subject only a small one thou,theres a place near to where i live lupton house/manor its on the internet if you wann take a look or google it,but it has massive woodlands acres in fact,ive done some work there,to cut along story short,im trying to sweet talk the lease holder janet into letting us use the woodlands for bushcraft activities,they need money as the mansion is derelict so i cant see there being to much trouble so fingeres crossed there could be a new place for us to use in devon :).btw its supposed to be haunted lol so theres ghosts aswell as trees lol :)Sounds good. I like creepy mansions. We could scare each other at night, and whoever scares best wins a prize. I know a night alone in the manor house. :) But anyway it sounds good swkieran, keep us posted.

swkieran
16-04-2011, 09:08 AM
this place is creepy metal mug,especially inside i really need to get a card for my cam arrrrrrrrggggggg,because i have pictures, used to be used as a boys borstal and a pretty harsh one apparently,its been a hotel,a base for american soldiers in world war 2 a girls school but originally it was a stately home so its seen alot of things,:)

Tom Bombadil
16-04-2011, 01:03 PM
I don't mind the ghosts, it's those blooming Barrow-Wights!

Sounds a good spot though, swkieran. Tom

swkieran
16-04-2011, 01:40 PM
it is tom :),i will have a word with janet when i can catch her in a good mood,shouldnt be any problems cause were not a load of holligans lol

Tom Bombadil
16-04-2011, 04:32 PM
That'll be great mate. You're right, stealth campers aren't hooligans - they're quiet and don't leave any traces!:)

Metal mug
16-04-2011, 10:22 PM
this place is creepy metal mug,especially inside i really need to get a card for my cam arrrrrrrrggggggg,because i have pictures, used to be used as a boys borstal and a pretty harsh one apparently,its been a hotel,a base for american soldiers in world war 2 a girls school but originally it was a stately home so its seen alot of things,:) A bushcraft borstal. :)

Metal mug
21-04-2011, 11:29 AM
Anyway back on Exmoor - are people still interested? Also because this meet will probably take place during the busy season, are we taking a chance with a campsite or are people more keen on stealth camping.

jus_young
21-04-2011, 10:26 PM
May be one for a campfire conversation if your still coming down over the weekend?

I will be the found in the BIG tent, flying a rainbow spinner, devon flag and skull and crossbones from a 5 metre pole!

Metal mug
22-04-2011, 06:27 AM
May be one for a campfire conversation if your still coming down over the weekend?

I will be the found in the BIG tent, flying a rainbow spinner, devon flag and skull and crossbones from a 5 metre pole! I'll be there on Sunday. Although you probably won't see this till you come back. Be careful with that Devon flag, you might start a war. ;)

jus_young
22-04-2011, 08:08 AM
See you there

Metal mug
25-04-2011, 04:46 PM
Anyway a little recap on what time of year would people like to do this meet. Do people prefer the summer during the busy time, or wait till late summer/early autumn when things have quietened down a bit. I personally think it would be best to leave it till a bit later on in the year so that people have plenty of time to plan and set aside time for the meet. It would also mean that we cold use poolbridge without worrying about drowning in holidaymakers. :)

paul standley
25-04-2011, 09:08 PM
I'd love to do this later in the year, maybe Sept when the kids go back to school and it's a bit quieter.

jus_young
25-04-2011, 09:25 PM
I'm flexible on this one. Picking up from other posts there seems to be a lot going on over the next couple of months that may make it difficult for some to make the visit. I know that you can never cater for all but it may well be better a little later. I am trying to get the use of some woodland at a few 'local-ish' farms but the old farmers are a little reluctant at the moment. I will keep working on this one and see what I can arrange as possible meeting places.

Metal mug
26-04-2011, 08:15 AM
I'd love to do this later in the year, maybe Sept when the kids go back to school and it's a bit quieter. September is probably a good time, we'll say that the meet is roughly around then.

Metal mug
18-05-2011, 08:25 PM
Do people prefer a overt meet at pool bridge or a stealth camping somewhere else? If it's stealth it's be organized by private messages.

paul standley
18-05-2011, 09:53 PM
I'm easy either way but for a first meet it might be logistically easier to do a meet at Pool bridge and we can discuss future Exmoor stealth meets around the fire when we are there.

Metal mug
19-05-2011, 07:57 AM
I'm easy either way but for a first meet it might be logistically easier to do a meet at Pool bridge and we can discuss future Exmoor stealth meets around the fire when we are there.Sounds good paul, I think that's what'll happen. I'll put some dates up soon.

jus_young
19-05-2011, 12:47 PM
I have just quit my lecturing job at the college :happy-clapping: to back on the tools so my time is now more flexible. September when the kids are back at school is no problem for me and would probably make life easier due to dealing with scout camps and family holidays. Don't forget Jack that if you want a hand on this just drop me a note.

Now I will be back on the tools I am hoping to get on a few more farms and blag some of those nice farming types into letting me use their woodlands. Time will tell...

paul standley
19-05-2011, 06:26 PM
I have just quit my lecturing job at the college :happy-clapping: ...

Not N. Devon college in Barnstaple (sticklepath) by any chance ?

jus_young
19-05-2011, 09:31 PM
Not N. Devon college in Barnstaple (sticklepath) by any chance ?

Thats the one. Not known as North Devon College now as someone decided the name doesn't fit. Now known as Petroc, who is the patron saint of that foreign land known as Cornwall. It kind of goes to show the mentality of the people I work for and why I am so eager to leave!

paul standley
19-05-2011, 10:48 PM
Thats the one. Not known as North Devon College now as someone decided the name doesn't fit. Now known as Petroc, who is the patron saint of that foreign land known as Cornwall. It kind of goes to show the mentality of the people I work for and why I am so eager to leave!

How times change... when I was there from 70-73 it was called N.Devon Technical College. I did an engineering diploma there. Seems a long time ago when it's written down :-(

Good luck with whatever you do next... look fwd to meeting the Devon contingent in September :-)

Paul

Marvell
19-05-2011, 11:45 PM
Oh yes, Joy and I would love to meet up, even if only for a few pints and a chat.

Metal mug
31-05-2011, 04:25 PM
Right then i've been thinking and I reckon a good date(s) for the meet would be Friday 16th Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of September At Poolbridge campsite. It would be over the third weekend of September and by then there shouldn't be a large amount of tourists around. There isn't any sort of weekend plan so people can do what they like during the day, you can even go off by yourself if you want. Oh and just to remind people the prices at Poolbridge are


6 for adults

3 for 6-14s

1 for 0-5s (if there are any baby bushcafters out there :) )

Anyway if you're interested and you can make it just say so on the thread. Or if you have any questions just ask me.


Jack

Metal mug
31-05-2011, 04:29 PM
Oh, and also if people have any ideas what to do over the meet just put them down on the thread. Prehaps a little hike?

paul standley
31-05-2011, 04:47 PM
Hi, count me in for the weekend.

would propose a hike on the Saturday, perhaps something modest to suit all types, ie. not a 30 mile forced march...!

Maybe combine that with a bit of an autumn wild food forage if we have any experienced wild food foragers coming.

Paul.

Skate
31-05-2011, 05:11 PM
The walk downstream from the entrance is stunningly beautiful. Only problem is it is uphill all the way back.

Metal mug
31-05-2011, 05:34 PM
The walk downstream from the entrance is stunningly beautiful. Only problem is it is uphill all the way back. Oh definitely. It's really gorgeous and there's plenty of water for brew ups. I like Paul's idea about a forage, we could do a bushcraft version of ready steady cook afterwards. :)

jus_young
01-06-2011, 05:10 PM
I'm in.

jonajuna
01-06-2011, 06:05 PM
Hunters Inn in the Heddon valley is quite a good place as well. There's a donation national trust camping site with two oil drum BBQs. This could be another good place to meet or stop for a less discrete nights camping. Or for those of you that like wild camping (like me) or hammocking there is plently of woods in the local vicinity. I'll try and list some other places (with pictures) soon. Also we should try and sort out a rough date as well. If you have any ideas put 'em on the thread. Anyway enough of my yammering, enjoy the piccys.

im intrigued by the NT campsite at Heddon valley, im a member of the NT and have camped at many of their sites across the country, i cant find any mention of a site owned by them anywhere on exmoor or the devon coast on the web, their website or in my NT book. :)

Metal mug
01-06-2011, 06:12 PM
im intrigued by the NT campsite at Heddon valley, im a member of the NT and have camped at many of their sites across the country, i cant find any mention of a site owned by them anywhere on exmoor or the devon coast on the web, their website or in my NT book. :) Well it's not a "official" trust site. But the rangers office is across the way and they don't mind as long as you leave things in the field as you left them. It's handy also because there's a pub 100 yards away from the site.

jus_young
01-06-2011, 06:15 PM
Well it's not a "official" trust site. But the rangers office is across the way and they don't mind as long as you leave things in the field as you left them. It's handy also because there's a pub 100 yards away from the site.

And a very nice pub it is

Metal mug
01-06-2011, 06:19 PM
Well it's not a "official" trust site. But the rangers office is across the way and they don't mind as long as you leave things in the field as you left them. It's handy also because there's a pub 100 yards away from the site.Also I should add that a little donation in the trust's money box doesn't go amiss either.

Metal mug
11-06-2011, 04:45 PM
Anyway to recap the people that are coming are.....


Metal mug

Jus young

Paul Standley

Anyone else interested? :confused2:

Marvell
22-06-2011, 11:33 PM
Right then i've been thinking and I reckon a good date(s) for the meet would be Friday 16th Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of September At Poolbridge campsite.

Isn't that basically in Somerset? Can't we try somewhere a bit more central?

Metal mug
23-06-2011, 05:50 AM
Yeah, admittedly I should of called the thread Exmoor bushcrafters. :o But if anyone knows of anywhere better than poolbridge we could bear it in mind for the future.

Jack

jonajuna
05-07-2011, 08:14 PM
hole station at beaworthy is a nice site if a little twee and can be full of townies with all the gear and no idea

Bushwhacker
06-07-2011, 08:51 AM
I'm not going to trawl through this thread but is Pinkery still running?
Used to go there as a kid, great location.

Martin
06-07-2011, 09:25 AM
I'm not going to trawl through this thread but is Pinkery still running?
Used to go there as a kid, great location.

You don't have to trawl through the whole thread, just do a search using the search box at the top of the page. :)

Martin

Bushwhacker
06-07-2011, 09:27 AM
You don't have to trawl through the whole thread, just do a search using the search box at the top of the page. :)

Martin

Er, I just did what you said and this is the result http://www.naturalbushcraft.co.uk/forum/search.php?searchid=92691 ;)

Martin
06-07-2011, 09:52 AM
Er, I just did what you said and this is the result http://www.naturalbushcraft.co.uk/forum/search.php?searchid=92691 ;)

Result!! Just goes to show, we haven't got a clue. :D

Martin

paul standley
06-07-2011, 08:25 PM
Hi all, just to be clear... I take it that we are sticking with Poolbridge for the weekend of 16th Sept and that ideas for other locations are for additional trips after September ?

Cheers, Paul

scorpian
06-07-2011, 09:52 PM
is this planned meet just camping in tents, or is it possible to bivi up in amongst the trees, as really want to bivi, and the ferry costs from Guernsey to the mainland are a bit high to come all that way to find out on the day?

Steve

jus_young
06-07-2011, 10:21 PM
is this planned meet just camping in tents, or is it possible to bivi up in amongst the trees, as really want to bivi, and the ferry costs from Guernsey to the mainland are a bit high to come all that way to find out on the day?

Steve

I believe there are a few trees about, closer to the stream where we want to pitch up as thats where we can have fires on the go. Metal Mug has undertaken a recon to the site and has more detail on whats available, no doubt he will pick up this one shortly and tell you more.

Metal mug
07-07-2011, 03:01 PM
Hi all, just to be clear... I take it that we are sticking with Poolbridge for the weekend of 16th Sept and that ideas for other locations are for additional trips after September ?

Cheers, PaulYeah that's right Paul.

Metal mug
07-07-2011, 03:04 PM
is this planned meet just camping in tents, or is it possible to bivi up in amongst the trees, as really want to bivi, and the ferry costs from Guernsey to the mainland are a bit high to come all that way to find out on the day?

Steve There some trees at the site, not sure how good they are for biviing. What sort of set up were you planning?

scorpian
07-07-2011, 11:43 PM
well can bivi on the ground or in hammocks under a basha as we have both types of kit, could set up in open using basha poles , but would prefer to be in the trees if possible?

regards -Steve

Metal mug
08-07-2011, 01:57 PM
Well I'll pop over there soon and take a look at the on site trees.

scorpian
08-07-2011, 06:15 PM
cheers mate, would be nice to meet some of you face to face finally.

steve

Metal mug
08-07-2011, 06:48 PM
I'll get some pictures too, so there's no surprises.

elliot george
10-07-2011, 03:37 PM
hi i am new to this organisation..... i live in exeter. am i aloud to atend this?? also i am 15 and just find it so difficult to find anyone that likes or is interested in bushcraft, so i just want some people to be able to learn skills from and have a nice time. i dont have an amazing amount of equipment iether. it consists of a tent a hammock a tarp, 2 knifes (but rubbish ones), a million firesteel, fire making equipment, sleeping bag, mess tin and cup but not much. oh and the few bits and bobs that everyone has :) is there any thing you could recomend that i add to my small collection?? thankyou. i do not have that much knowledge of bushcraft but have always loved it and just want to learn more as i am absoloutly addicted to the outdoors. are there any meetings on dartmoor soon?? thankyou

happy bushcraft :)

jonajuna
10-07-2011, 06:02 PM
hiya Elliot, im sorta new to this forum too, but not so new to meeting with random strangers off the internet and camping up for the weekend :P

havent yet sorted out a pass out for this meet but its a work in progress :)

as for "being allowed" i hope the regulars and admins dont mind me saying so, but these things are not "closed shops" if it was a private invite only meet, it would be organised away from the public forums... so in short, i would say of course you are allowed to attend. you will find bushcrafters/survival nuts/wild campers are a friendly lot and if there are any that are not... i havent met them yet! if i do manage to get out to this, i will be bringing (unless he has successfully morphed in to his ps3 by then) my 14yo son, so you may well have company of someone more your age rather than just oldies.

one thing i would say about knives, this campsite is public, you are under 16 and therefore cannot legally possess or use your knives (private land is a different matter) so please be discrete in your use of such

as for the rest of your kit, you have the basics covered, the only thing i would add if you are tarping, is a bivibag incase of the famous horizontal british rain! but no need to go spending more just yet, i am sure anyone will be happy to lend you any bits and bobs you find yourself without on the day.

one othe rthing, please dont think i am being patronising or the like, but i am a dad of a 23yo and 14yo lads and an 11yo girl, i wouldnt be overly keen to think my youngest two would be setting off to spend the weekend with a load of people i dont know. i guess someone will be dropping you off at least? why not get them to camp too? i have a tent/sleep kit i can lend them if they dont have their own (assuming i go of course, if not i would have thought someone else would be able to help on that front). sorry to be a killjoy on that front, but while i am sure everyone is just great, these sorts of meets are not formal things with risk assessments, liability insurances, CRB cleared 'staff' and disclaimers signed off by your parents.... so you will most certainly want to get your parents on side and confident that you will be safe and have plans in place in case you hurt yourself etc (its the outdoors as you say, camping with fire, sharp things and the like... these things can happen :( )

as for you finding it difficult to find like minded people by you..... you are the perfect age for scouting, its not the dib dib dob dob of yesteryear, wish i was your age again as they do all sorts of great stuff nowadays (though to be fair, i loved my time in the scouts too)

https://members.scouts.org.uk/join/join_youth.php if you want to enquire with them and your local explorer scouts are at http://iscaexplorerscouts.org.uk/

Martin
10-07-2011, 07:44 PM
Elliot George, I would suggest that, as you are only 15, you need to get the agreement of your parents and they need to understand that these meetings aren't orgainsed activities but are groups of adults coming together to share a common love of the outdoors in general and bushcraft in particular. You will not be supervised, nor will anyone be responsible for your wellbeing. You must be able to get to and from the meet and you must be able to get away in an emergency and do deal with any crises that may occur.

It would be preferable if you could get an adult, preferably over 21, to accompany you and to be responsible for your well being.

Sorry to put such a negative spin on things but you cannot expect anyone to look after you, and your parents must understand that this isn't organised or sanctioned by NaturalBushcraft in any way. In particular, there isn't any insurance except any public liability insurance that the camp site may have.

Martin

jus_young
10-07-2011, 08:29 PM
Hi EG. I am also going to look at this one as the responsible adult I'm afraid. As a Scout leader I have to look after 25 of other peoples children but these mums and dads know that the leaders have been CRB checked and that their loved ones are only away for a couple of hours. On the same note my own son attends Cubs and I know, as much as I possibly can, that he is looked after by responsible and 'safe' adults and that the activities that are undertaken are monitored with the risks reduced as much as possible. Even when away on camp for a few days there are many other responsible and vetted adults present that can ensure the safety of everyone in our care and ensure that knives and axes, fire and water all remain safe.
The responsibility of looking after these youngsters is something I have chosen to do but with the help of many other adults that also choose to do the same. If something was unfortunate enough to happen then I have the backing and assistance of the Scouting Association to help and support me.

The situation that we have at these organised meets is very different. I would enjoy having the company of the younger generation and helping them develop the skills that comes with their enthusiasm. This is why I joined as a Scout Leader last year and regularly arrange supervised visits to woodland so that they can develop their interests. You would probably find many people on this forum would love to assist you on this one as well but I have to agree with Martin, without your parents express permission and full understanding of what these meetings entail, along with the fact that all are over 18 ;) then this may be something you just need to wait a little longer for or, as already mentioned, join a local group to start developing your skills, it really can be fun.

elliot george
10-07-2011, 09:22 PM
thankyou all fore your replies so quickly. i have talked to my mum and so if we do come along to one of the meetups sometime then she is happy to come with me. i get on with "oldies" as u may call them very well alot better than people my age. me and my mum are happy with the fact that this is a meeting. that is just how we like this sort of thing. im not expecting anyone to take care of me iether. i just love wild camping. thankyou all for your suggestions and your information. also my mum has had first aid courses as she used to run a playgroup. its kind of a killjoy to have my mum along but if it means being able to go then anyday. my stepdad wold be a definate NO. thnkyou :P

dogrob
10-07-2011, 10:03 PM
Hi everyone, have you set a definite date and location for this meet as I wouldn't mind coming along..

Rob

jus_young
10-07-2011, 10:04 PM
thankyou all fore your replies so quickly. i have talked to my mum and so if we do come along to one of the meetups sometime then she is happy to come with me. i get on with "oldies" as u may call them very well alot better than people my age. me and my mum are happy with the fact that this is a meeting. that is just how we like this sort of thing. im not expecting anyone to take care of me iether. i just love wild camping. thankyou all for your suggestions and your information. also my mum has had first aid courses as she used to run a playgroup. its kind of a killjoy to have my mum along but if it means being able to go then anyday. my stepdad wold be a definate NO. thnkyou :P

Well both of you are more than welcome. Like I said before, it can be a very adult affair but it would be refreshing to have some younger members for a change. We don't tend to get this unless it is an organised Family Gathering. At 15 I wouldn't particularly wan't anyone 'looking after' me either. Part of the reason for wanting a family member to accept responsibility is that you would pretty much have full reign to do what you wish, within certain boundaries of course. There is always some element of danger involved with bushcraft, knowledge makes it safer, you need to see the limitations and for the grups that will be there, we would be reassured to have your mum around whist we learn about you. Don't forget to warn your mum that this is roughin' it! It was a bit of a suprise for my wife when we did the first family gathering event - no showers and portaloos is considered luxury at some of these meets!

scorpian
10-07-2011, 11:58 PM
hi elliot,i am hoping to make it over from guernsey for this meet and trying to arrange it for my son toby to come too, he is seventeen, so if we do get there at least you would have someone roughly your own age to chat with when all the oldies doze off early evening!

Steve

Adam Savage
11-07-2011, 06:47 AM
Can't believe I missed this thread. If there is still room, I wouldn't mind joining you.

Adam

Savagewolfrm
11-07-2011, 08:42 AM
Hi Adam

I cant believe you missed it either. gonna see if I can get a pass from She who must be obeyed, and hopefully pop along if nobody minds

Adam Savage
11-07-2011, 11:02 AM
Hi Adam

I cant believe you missed it either. gonna see if I can get a pass from She who must be obeyed, and hopefully pop along if nobody minds

Hopefully we can both get passes Rick, lol.

Still haven't handled that blank you gave me yet, looking for a suitable burl on a suitabe birch...The search continues...:)

Savagewolfrm
11-07-2011, 11:26 AM
Good luck on both accounts. Have almost completed my next knife using black and red micarta scales, will see how they look.

Rick

Adam Savage
11-07-2011, 11:34 AM
Good luck on both accounts. Have almost completed my next knife using black and red micarta scales, will see how they look.

Rick

Should look great mate. Need a couple pointers on knife making next time I see you, too. Trouble with my bevels (yes, bevels, not bowels lol).

jus_young
11-07-2011, 12:09 PM
Hi Gents, numbers aren't limited on this one. We are stopping the night at a campsite that allows open fires by a stream and is pretty cheap to stay. I think an Exmoor hike is then on the cards but Jack knows more on this as its his baby this time.

Adam Savage
11-07-2011, 12:47 PM
Hi Gents, numbers aren't limited on this one. We are stopping the night at a campsite that allows open fires by a stream and is pretty cheap to stay. I think an Exmoor hike is then on the cards but Jack knows more on this as its his baby this time.

Sounds good. I shall pester Mr mug for a permission slip lol.

Savagewolfrm
11-07-2011, 06:19 PM
ask for 2 permission slips whilst your there lol. will to to give you as much help with your bowels, oops sorry bevels, think i have some cream somewhere lol.

Adam Savage
11-07-2011, 06:25 PM
ask for 2 permission slips whilst your there lol. will to to give you as much help with your bowels, oops sorry bevels, think i have some cream somewhere lol.

Got any strawberries to go with that? :p

Savagewolfrm
11-07-2011, 06:33 PM
ask bushwhacker he was the fruity one i believe lol

jonajuna
11-07-2011, 06:57 PM
subject to a passout, i will be along most definately, i say most definately as just spoke with my son (will be 14 in august, so seems its becoming a meet for young and old "boys" alike...... as women are fond of saying, boys never grow up, just that their toys get bigger :P ) and he replied that he would like to come, but..... "it dont matter" what is it with teens and not expressing whats on their minds! lol. in short, he thought i liked doing these things on my own..... so cue the convo of "well yes, i do like having some time with mates around my own age (ie 25-65) but also like sharing the outdoors with him, just the same as he likes to have time away from adults with mates his age too, that dont mean to say he dont like spending time with me or his mum! bless, kids eh :P

poolbridge is far from roughing it i would say, it has flushing loos and mains water! i prefer taking a spade for the outgoings and boiling up the incomings lol

so, yes, a passout is highly likely, and look forward to meeting some new faces as well as meeting some of the known ones again too :)

@Elliot, glad you got things sorted with your mum to come along with her. seems that there will be a few guys around your age now, im more than happy for my son (Cory) to wander off on his own steam during daylight hours subject to mobile phone reception.... so the less bald/old/insert own comment for those the wrong side of 30, will be a choice of company for you all rather than the only option :)

just to prewarn those that dont know me, though crazysaint can vouch it isnt a problem for me..... i am not a bushcrafter, i am someone who likes it outdoors with a bit of a self suffiency slant.... in other words, you will never see me carving a spoon, i have a spork for that and if i lose my spork, i have fingers ;)

Adam Savage
11-07-2011, 07:03 PM
just to prewarn those that dont know me, though crazysaint can vouch it isnt a problem for me..... i am not a bushcrafter, i am someone who likes it outdoors with a bit of a self suffiency slant.... in other words, you will never see me carving a spoon, i have a spork for that and if i lose my spork, i have fingers ;)

I can vouch for this man. just make sure you give him a job to do and he'll be happy as a pig in...a well stocked pig sty...:) Cory is a good lad too, met him at a Dartmoor meet once, just like his old man, he's always smiling. Can't figure out people like that...oh well. :p

jonajuna
11-07-2011, 07:21 PM
yes, i do need to be busy, if i am not busy, i get bored and then mischievious and then my bottle of tequila will make an appearance...... then the inner arsonist comes out

was it you Adam that i was speaking to about some thermite experiments? just to see how many frying pans we could melt through? might have been bushwhacker, it was post tequila discussion ........to the adults here, i have learnt that playing with fire equals burnt fingers, so will always give a few seconds warning before any demonstrations of coffee creamer in the camp fire ;)

last set of pics from a family wildcamp on a patch of woodland some may recognise, its a facebook albulm so if any would like their pic removed, please let me know :) btw, my son has had his hair cut now so looks like a boy rather than a big girlie wotsit ;)

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150526865615398.633580.849710397&l=b51425ef83

Adam Savage
11-07-2011, 07:28 PM
yes, i do need to be busy, if i am not busy, i get bored and then mischievious and then my bottle of tequila will make an appearance...... then the inner arsonist comes out

was it you Adam that i was speaking to about some thermite experiments? just to see how many frying pans we could melt through? might have been bushwhacker, it was post tequila discussion ........to the adults here, i have learnt that playing with fire equals burnt fingers, so will always give a few seconds warning before any demonstrations of coffee creamer in the camp fire ;)

Oh you remember the coffee mate then lol. Must have been Mr Whacker that was talking about thermite though.

Savagewolfrm
11-07-2011, 09:05 PM
i wonder what jonajuna's tequila and my absinthe mixed together would taste like. going to have to come along now lol

Adam Savage
11-07-2011, 09:18 PM
i wonder what jonajuna's tequila and my absinthe mixed together would taste like. going to have to come along now lol

I hope you're not expecting to take any home with you. I might have to find a bottle of some kind to bring along too. We could have a cocktail party. If it's ok with Jack of course.

jonajuna
11-07-2011, 09:49 PM
sorry adam, whiskey and I dont mix.... so no jack please, or jim...............


as for absinthe and tequila, sounds gross, both drinks are like nose picking... best enjoyed alone

Adam Savage
11-07-2011, 09:53 PM
sorry adam, whiskey and I dont mix.... so no jack please, or jim...............


as for absinthe and tequila, sounds gross, both drinks are like nose picking... best enjoyed alone

I meant Jack as in Metalmug, not Mr Daniels lol.

jonajuna
11-07-2011, 10:15 PM
lol Adam, i know, guess my humour doesnt always translate into the written word :P

Adam Savage
11-07-2011, 10:25 PM
lol Adam, i know, guess my humour doesnt always translate into the written word :P

Ohhhhh. :)

Bushwhacker
12-07-2011, 08:04 AM
Oh you remember the coffee mate then lol. Must have been Mr Whacker that was talking about thermite though.

Thermite - that's a girt big ant innit?

Metal mug
12-07-2011, 11:47 AM
Hi everyone, have you set a definite date and location for this meet as I wouldn't mind coming along..

RobIt's going to be on the 16th, 17th, 18th of September.

Metal mug
12-07-2011, 11:52 AM
Right i've missed a lot.:o Because i've been bushcrafting. (Dramatic music) :D Anyway just to clear things up can people state if they're coming and on which dates, just so I can get a rough idea who's coming and when.


Jack

jus_young
12-07-2011, 11:57 AM
Definately me :happy-clapping:

Metal mug
12-07-2011, 11:58 AM
Is that all the days jus ?

jus_young
12-07-2011, 11:59 AM
Certainly is

Metal mug
12-07-2011, 12:01 PM
Right so far the list is this,



Sept 16th Metal mug, jus young.

17th Metal mug, jus young.

18th Metal mug, jus young.

:D

Metal mug
12-07-2011, 12:04 PM
Well I looked at pool farm, not a soul around. So I tried my luck down at the campsite, it's open! I had a short chat with a couple who said that a man came and collected the money between 9.00 - 9.30. I think it must have a new owner, someone from Bossington near Minehead. Anyway here's the important things to know.


Prices

Adults 6 per night

6-14 3 pn

0-5 1pn

Rules

No campfires execept within 3 meters of the river bank (for fire safety)

Minimum distance between tents 7m (again for fire safety)

No singing or noise making after 11pm

No radios

There are toilets and a shower and also a payphone, which is very handy. But i'm afraid Tom Bombadil there is no real ale tent. :D

Anyway that's all to know for now, i'll probably give the owner a ring or send him an email asking about out of season meetings. But I hope that the info has helped everyone. Here's the prices and the rules for those who want to know.

jus_young
12-07-2011, 12:05 PM
Right so far the list is this,



Sept 16th Metal mug, jus young.

17th Metal mug, jus young.

18th Metal mug, jus young.

:D

Looks like its gonna be crowded :D

Bushwhacker
12-07-2011, 12:06 PM
I'm tempted but not sure on times. I've recently become a football team manager so will be playing on the Saturday unless I can get my right-hand man to take over for that day.
I love the Porlock area, spent many a time on family holidays near there at the Dascombes' farm.

Metal mug
12-07-2011, 12:09 PM
I'm tempted but not sure on times. I've recently become a football team manager so will be playing on the Saturday unless I can get my right-hand man to take over for that day.
I love the Porlock area, spent many a time on family holidays near there at the Dascombes' farm. Let us know when you find out if you're free, after all the more the merrier.

Savagewolfrm
12-07-2011, 12:10 PM
You can count me in on all the days if thats ok Mr Jack

Adam Savage
12-07-2011, 12:10 PM
Right so far the list is this,



Sept 16th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam),

17th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam),

18th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam),

jus_young
12-07-2011, 12:10 PM
I'm tempted but not sure on times. I've recently become a football team manager so will be playing on the Saturday unless I can get my right-hand man to take over for that day.
I love the Porlock area, spent many a time on family holidays near there at the Dascombes' farm.

Come on, you know you want to. After all, its only football.















:guns: Waiting for the fall out on this one :war:

Metal mug
12-07-2011, 12:12 PM
You can count me in on all the days if thats ok Mr JackYour name shall also go on the list! What is it? :D

Adam Savage
12-07-2011, 12:12 PM
Right so far the list is this,



Sept 16th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick)

17th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick)

18th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick)

Metal mug
12-07-2011, 12:13 PM
Right so far the list is this,



Sept 16th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick)

17th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick)

18th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick) Rick! By the way Adam you're supposed to say don't tell him Rick. :)

Adam Savage
12-07-2011, 12:13 PM
Your name shall also go on the list! What is it? :D

done :p

Martin
12-07-2011, 12:58 PM
Rick! By the way Adam you're supposed to say don't tell him Rick. :)

Stupid Boy!!

Martin

Savagewolfrm
12-07-2011, 01:26 PM
and me

Savagewolfrm
12-07-2011, 01:27 PM
should be Rick with a silent P sorry to be so dense its having a hard day behind a desk lol

Adam Savage
12-07-2011, 02:29 PM
What's a desk? Oh is it one of those things made of wood and metal? :p

Savagewolfrm
12-07-2011, 06:48 PM
I know but it's Formica and metal more wood in a match stick than my desk. Not exactly natural

jonajuna
12-07-2011, 09:34 PM
Sept 16th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory)

17th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory)

18th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick)

assuming this is the nights we are staying, so will be leaving you guys to it around noon on the sunday

Adam Savage
12-07-2011, 09:41 PM
Sept 16th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory)

17th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory)

18th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick)

assuming this is the nights we are staying, so will be leaving you guys to it around noon on the sunday

Don't start getting all technical with days on us :p

jonajuna
12-07-2011, 11:42 PM
lol

Tom Bombadil
13-07-2011, 08:32 AM
Stupid Boy!!

Martin

I vill be going for all ze days, but I don't vant any of those nasty soggy chips.

Martin
13-07-2011, 11:22 AM
I vill be going for all ze days, but I don't vant any of those nasty soggy chips.

Your name vill be first on ze list!!! Vhat is it?? :p

Ivan
13-07-2011, 11:46 AM
Hi Everbody, hopefully i will have my life back in some kind of order by the time this meet comes around , and if nobody objects , i would love to come along for all three days, so somebody with more computer sense than me could add my name i would be grateful.

Thanks Ivan...

Ps thankyou for all those that sent messages of concern , as Arnie said i will be back...

Adam Savage
13-07-2011, 12:03 PM
Sept 16th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory), Ivan

17th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory), Ivan

18th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory), Ivan

Metal mug
13-07-2011, 12:36 PM
Your name vill be first on ze list!!! Vhat is it?? :pDon't tell him Shaun!

Tom Bombadil
13-07-2011, 12:45 PM
Don't tell him Shaun!
You dirty rotter! Oh well, as long as I'm not the one who has to walk around with the grenade and piece of string stuffed down the back of my trousers!;)

Metal mug
14-07-2011, 05:48 PM
Sept 16th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory), Ivan + Tom Bombadil (Shaun)

17th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory), Ivan + Tom Bombadil

18th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory), Ivan + Tom Bombadil



The updated list. :)

paul standley
14-07-2011, 09:29 PM
Don't forget me fellas'... I will be arriving Fri 16th afternoon and staying Fri night and Sat night (17th) and leaving lunchtime Sunday.

Cheers, Paul.

Adam Savage
14-07-2011, 10:03 PM
Don't forget me fellas'... I will be arriving Fri 16th afternoon and staying Fri night and Sat night (17th) and leaving lunchtime Sunday.

Cheers, Paul.

Will be good to catch up with you mate.

Sept 16th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory), Ivan, Tom Bombadil (Shaun), Paul Standley

17th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory), Ivan, Tom Bombadil, Paul Standley

18th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory), Ivan, Tom Bombadil, Paul Standley

jus_young
14-07-2011, 10:13 PM
Could i just check whats happening as i have gone and got myself a bit confused here.

16th friday, arrive and stay the night
17th saturday do stuff and stay the night
18th sunday do stuff and stay the night or is it go home sunday?

Metal mug
15-07-2011, 10:41 AM
Could i just check whats happening as i have gone and got myself a bit confused here.

16th friday, arrive and stay the night
17th saturday do stuff and stay the night
18th sunday do stuff and stay the night or is it go home sunday?Well I'd planned Sunday to be the last day, but if people want to stay Sunday night as well i'm game.

jus_young
15-07-2011, 11:43 AM
Well I'd planned Sunday to be the last day, but if people want to stay Sunday night as well i'm game.

Well I might just do that. Will have to see how work pans out but the extra night sounds appealing.

Metal mug
15-07-2011, 02:11 PM
Well I might just do that. Will have to see how work pans out but the extra night sounds appealing.It also depends on Exmoor's very predictable weather. :rolleyes:

jus_young
15-07-2011, 10:20 PM
It also depends on Exmoor's very predictable weather. :rolleyes:

It is what it is. As I am going back to spending most of my time working in the great outdoors after spending the last five years in classrooms and staffrooms, I am going to make sure I enjoy every minute of it no matter what.

AlexRowan
29-07-2011, 05:45 PM
How did it go?

Martin
29-07-2011, 05:50 PM
How did it go?

It's not till September. ;)

Martin

AlexRowan
29-07-2011, 05:57 PM
lol.. Whoops. I saw the dates were 16/17/18th and the posts stopped at the 15th July so I wrongly assumed it was in July! Sorry.

Metal mug
29-07-2011, 07:41 PM
lol.. Whoops. I saw the dates were 16/17/18th and the posts stopped at the 15th July so I wrongly assumed it was in July! Sorry.Actually thank you Alex. Now that the thread has been brought up again we might get some more people interested.

Savagewolfrm
29-07-2011, 09:51 PM
Well I for one can't wait getting withdrawal symptoms lol

jus_young
30-07-2011, 08:40 AM
Going to be a busy couple of weekends with the Dartmoor trip and this one. Kinda makes up for a lack of outings over the last couple of months. Can't wait!

Adam Savage
01-08-2011, 04:40 PM
Just got back from Dartmoor today, and must say it's not very sunny at the minute, in fact, it's pretty misty and damp. Maybe we'll get some better weather in September.

dogrob
01-08-2011, 04:49 PM
Just got back from Dartmoor today, and must say it's not very sunny at the minute, in fact, it's pretty misty and damp. Maybe we'll get some better weather in September.

We were down there on Fri/Sat and it was gorgeous weather, I wish I never bothered with a sleeping bag is was so warm. You must have been unlucky!

Adam Savage
01-08-2011, 04:54 PM
We were down there on Fri/Sat and it was gorgeous weather, I wish I never bothered with a sleeping bag is was so warm. You must have been unlucky!

Got down there around 6pm on friday evening, the weather was ok, but a little cloudy friday and saturday, then the mist rolled in during the night and everything was moist lol.

dogrob
01-08-2011, 06:49 PM
Got down there around 6pm on friday evening, the weather was ok, but a little cloudy friday and saturday, then the mist rolled in during the night and everything was moist lol.

We stayed Friday night as well, were you on the south moor? We were near burrator reservoir but we were fairly low down so probably missed the clag although one side of my tent was fairly soggy in the morning. It was beautiful at about 6am, I just sat on a fallen tree for about half hour just watching a foal playing about and taking in the view. Magic :D

Adam Savage
01-08-2011, 07:51 PM
We stayed Friday night as well, were you on the south moor? We were near burrator reservoir but we were fairly low down so probably missed the clag although one side of my tent was fairly soggy in the morning. It was beautiful at about 6am, I just sat on a fallen tree for about half hour just watching a foal playing about and taking in the view. Magic :D

Yeah we were not far from Pupers Hill, so south east moor. There was a glimmer of the sun as it tried to burn through the cloud cover, but it never really succeeded where we were. Still not the worst I've seen on the moors.

Savagewolfrm
01-08-2011, 07:56 PM
I missed out couldn't get my pass from the mrs boy did she have a miserable weekend lol

Ivan
01-08-2011, 08:22 PM
Dont know what that Adam is talking about, the weather was gorgeous until last night , we had a giggle as usual and , the cockerney was missed, i had to drink and eat his share, i had to have a practice run to see if i was still alive . Thanks Adam and Lee for a top weekend, nearly back to my stupid self ....

jus_young
01-08-2011, 09:18 PM
Went across the moor myself this afternoon, drizzle and mist. Hope its better for the walk.

Adam Savage
01-08-2011, 09:48 PM
Dont know what that Adam is talking about, the weather was gorgeous until last night , we had a giggle as usual and , the cockerney was missed, i had to drink and eat his share, i had to have a practice run to see if i was still alive . Thanks Adam and Lee for a top weekend, nearly back to my stupid self ....

The weather was ok, I wouldn't call it gorgeous. Yeah it was hot, but it was humid and cloudy lol. Anyhow, we'll have to get together and have a natter at this meet that Jack has kindly organised for us.

paul standley
06-08-2011, 08:09 PM
Don't forget me fellas'... I will be arriving Fri 16th afternoon and staying Fri night and Sat night (17th) and leaving lunchtime Sunday.

Cheers, Paul.

Well sod's law being what it is, I can't make this meet now...

Got a family commitment cropped up in the midlands (opposite direction to Exmoor for me) on the Saturday of that weekend so just can't make it work which is a shame as I was looking fwd to meeting up with you guys and especially as I'd had to miss a couple of other Dartmoor meets earlier.

I will be sure to catch you all on the flip-flop though another time.

Paul.

jus_young
06-08-2011, 10:13 PM
Well sod's law being what it is, I can't make this meet now...

Got a family commitment cropped up in the midlands (opposite direction to Exmoor for me) on the Saturday of that weekend so just can't make it work which is a shame as I was looking fwd to meeting up with you guys and especially as I'd had to miss a couple of other Dartmoor meets earlier.

I will be sure to catch you all on the flip-flop though another time.

Paul.

See ya next time, or before.

Metal mug
07-08-2011, 11:00 AM
Will be good to catch up with you mate.

Sept 16th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory), Ivan, Tom Bombadil (Shaun),

17th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory), Ivan, Tom Bombadil,

18th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Savagewolfrm (Rick), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory), Ivan, Tom Bombadil, So we have lost Paul from our list :( . So above is the current list of who can make it.

jus_young
07-08-2011, 06:33 PM
I'm still good and looking forward to it.

Adam Savage
07-08-2011, 08:48 PM
Likewise here too.

Metal mug
08-08-2011, 12:56 PM
I'll probably Pm everyone a bit before just to double check who's still coming.

Adam Savage
08-08-2011, 02:56 PM
I'll probably Pm everyone a bit before just to double check who's still coming.

But how will the prime minister help????? :p

Savagewolfrm
08-08-2011, 04:13 PM
Oh dear god that was really bad

Adam Savage
08-08-2011, 04:17 PM
Oh dear god that was really bad

Yeah, I haven't gotten out much lately... ;)

Metal mug
08-08-2011, 05:37 PM
But how will the prime minister help????? :pYeah I know, he's on holiday. :)

Metal mug
23-08-2011, 02:06 PM
Only 23 days to go. :jumping-joy: :)

Adam Savage
23-08-2011, 02:53 PM
Only 23 days to go. :jumping-joy: :)

Only? That's a lifetime away...well, a lifetime for something that only lives for 23 days. ;)

Savagewolfrm
23-08-2011, 06:28 PM
Think of the poor mayfly that's 22 days more than it has and my 18 year old who if I have my way only has 5 minutes of his soon to be very short life left

Adam Savage
23-08-2011, 06:46 PM
Think of the poor mayfly that's 22 days more than it has and my 18 year old who if I have my way only has 5 minutes of his soon to be very short life left

I was wondering why you didn't reply to my visitor message, then I looked at your profile lol. No wonder I didn't get a notification. I will construct it either later tonight, or tomorrow morning mate. See ya there.

Metal mug
24-08-2011, 07:47 AM
I've noticed that there's 2825 views of this thread. Will there be a loads of people spying on us from the wood opposite the campsite. :D

Adam Savage
24-08-2011, 10:53 AM
Yes, most of them armed with plastic bows ;)

Metal mug
24-08-2011, 02:08 PM
Yes, most of them armed with plastic bows ;)And berets?

Adam Savage
24-08-2011, 06:38 PM
And berets?

Most definitely. AND, "A dice fixed brade dife" (American wearing dust mask, to English translation: "A nice fixed blade knife"). ;)

Savagewolfrm
24-08-2011, 09:03 PM
i thought it was more of a dogging thing in the woods where we are near by lol

Adam Savage
24-08-2011, 11:00 PM
i thought it was more of a dogging thing in the woods where we are near by lol

Is that just wishful thinking?

Oh, just uploading the video of me making your stove. Just so you can see it's genuine, not a fake, and that it works lol.

Metal mug
25-08-2011, 12:53 PM
Right got my kit list sorted. :D


Plastic bow
4 arrows
Quiver
Camo jacket
Camo trousers
Assortment of special forces badges
Huge lump of sharpened metal - with plastic handle and sheath
Lighter
A large amount of alcohol



What can go wrong? ;) Those zombies won't be bothering me. :D

Adam Savage
25-08-2011, 04:20 PM
Right got my kit list sorted. :D


Plastic bow
4 arrows
Quiver
Camo jacket
Camo trousers
Assortment of special forces badges
Huge lump of sharpened metal - with plastic handle and sheath
Lighter
A large amount of alcohol



What can go wrong? ;) Those zombies won't be bothering me. :D

What? No survival shotgun? and you forgot beret, the most critical piece of zombiegeddon clothing.

Savagewolfrm
25-08-2011, 07:36 PM
I always think the most critical piece of equipment for dealing with zombies is the trusty rusty chainsaw and a half decent baseball bat oh and don't forget the plastic mac invade of splatter

Adam Savage
26-08-2011, 10:22 AM
I always think the most critical piece of equipment for dealing with zombies is the trusty rusty chainsaw and a half decent baseball bat oh and don't forget the plastic mac invade of splatter

Some good points there Rick. A dust mask, paintball mask, or a chainsaw visor would be useful too. If that infected blood gets into your mouth, you've had it...ZOMBIE AIDS.

Metal mug
26-08-2011, 12:50 PM
What? No survival shotgun? and you forgot beret, the most critical piece of zombiegeddon clothing. I REALLY can't believe I forgot to list beret. :ashamed:

jus_young
01-09-2011, 09:21 PM
Took a trip to Pool Bridge today just to have a nose around. The site is not very busy at the moment, only three pitches were in use so plenty of room available. Whilst I was there I had a little chat with the owners, an elderly couple that gave me the impression that they thought I was there to mug them !?! After a few minutes of talking I managed to get them to relax and found a few things out.

Firstly this is a commercial camp site with toilet and shower facilities, and as such clean water, so a bit of luxury is available. However should you be brave enough there are a few pools in the stream that runs through the site but personally I don't think you will find me having a dip!
There are some basic provisions available, all of which are in a freezer on site and paid for when the owners or their daughter come round to collect the site fees (6 per night and don't forget its CASH). Sausages, burgers, steaks, milk, don't know about eggs but passed a few farms on the way that have those anyhow.
A sign on the entrance gate states that no wood either dead or alive is to be used from the site or surrounding woodland by order of National Trust and the site owners. Looking in the woods there isn't much to be had as most of the nearby wood has already been used. The owners sell logs and kindling for 4 a net. The fires themselves have to be within 3 metres of the riverbank and stone circles are in evidence from previous fires (LNT not foremost in some minds). I am going to bring some logs from home and if anyone else wants to bring some it will all help for those that want a fire to cook, or bring alternative means for cooking. Hobo stoves may be ok as twigs are always around somewhere.

As there are going to be a few of us going, and the nights tend to be late ones, there is an area at the far end of the site which is a little tucked out of the way and might be suitable for our needs. Its at the end of the track that runs through the site and accessed by crossing the stream on foot. Not difficult as stepping stones are there but if you bring a caravan you can push it yourself! The whole site lends itself perfectly for ground dwellers but despite being surounded by woodland not very good for the tree swingers. A few places might be suitable but looking realistically - bring a ground setup as the woodland is on a 45 degree slope and the trees within the site itself are spaced well appart.

Whatever you do DON'T use the post code that is on the sites web page to get yourself there! The post code must relate to where they live as it is a good five miles away from the camp site. The directions that are given on the web page (link available from Martins post earlier in the thread) are very good and Toms are pretty close aswell. You may well think that you have got lost as the road through the moors is a long one but you get there in the end. Let the loved ones left at home know that there is no phone signal due to being at the bottom of a very steep valley. Hope you have a head for heights as the road is a bit narrow at times.

Looking forward to seeing you good folks, let me know what you think of the pitch idea.

Metal mug
02-09-2011, 05:01 PM
that gave me the impression that they thought I was there to mug them !?! Did you take your plastic bow and beret with you? ;) I'll bring some logs.

jus_young
03-09-2011, 08:58 AM
I didn't exactly go prepared as it was a bit of a last minute visit. I would love to have seen those old folks faces if I had been running around with a bow and beret setup. They probably would have called the police but then there is no phone signal and the police would never find the place anyhow.

Metal mug
03-09-2011, 10:33 AM
I didn't exactly go prepared as it was a bit of a last minute visit. I would love to have seen those old folks faces if I had been running around with a bow and beret setup. They probably would have called the police but then there is no phone signal and the police would never find the place anyhow.Yeah, and also due to cuts this is the last policeman in Devon. And he's usually down in Plymouth anyway.

jus_young
03-09-2011, 11:00 AM
I would be interested in giving him a call just to see how long it takes him to get there!

Metal mug
03-09-2011, 11:38 AM
I would be interested in giving him a call just to see how long it takes him to get there!I would love to see him come down the hill to poolbridge. :D

jus_young
06-09-2011, 06:31 PM
Anyway to recap the people that are coming are.....


Metal mug

Jus young

Paul Standley

Anyone else interested? :confused2:

Ten days left to go so who is up for this one then folks?

Adam Savage
06-09-2011, 06:47 PM
Hopefully Will be there. All hanging on Work at the minute. Fingers crossed though.

jus_young
06-09-2011, 10:03 PM
Work. Always gets in the way of things.

jus_young
06-09-2011, 10:05 PM
So, folks going unless posted otherwise

Metal mug

Jus young

Paul Standley

Adam Savage

Savagewolfrm
06-09-2011, 10:05 PM
I have to say unless a miracle happens I think I am gonna have to bail on this I am truly sorry as was very much looking forward to meeting new faces however may be able to pop round for a couple of hours on Saturday

jus_young
06-09-2011, 10:20 PM
Sorry Rick, catch up another time.

Looking back at old posts this is what I found, Paul Standley and Rick removed as they can't make it

Sept 16th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory), Ivan, Tom Bombadil (Shaun)

17th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory), Ivan, Tom Bombadil (Shaun)

18th Metal mug, jus young, Crazysaint (Adam), Jon(ajuna) and son (Cory), Ivan, Tom Bombadil (Shaun)

Adam Savage
06-09-2011, 11:10 PM
Will see if Ivan can still make it.

Metal mug
07-09-2011, 12:58 PM
I have to say unless a miracle happens I think I am gonna have to bail on this I am truly sorry as was very much looking forward to meeting new faces however may be able to pop round for a couple of hours on SaturdayHope to see you Rick. Even if it's only for a couple of hours.

jonajuna
09-09-2011, 10:20 PM
sorry guys, have to dip out, its our traditional end of year (festival year) party, normally we do it in october but its brought forward somewhat this time. i cant dip out on the party as i do the sound and lighting for it so rather an essential "guest"

sorry again and wishing you all a good one, if anyone gets down to ivans the end of the month, will catch up with you then :)

all the best

Jon

jus_young
10-09-2011, 08:44 AM
Catch you later Jon

Adam Savage
10-09-2011, 12:41 PM
Now I'm going to look a right pain in the neck. I've been pulled onto weekend shifts for the next couple weeks, and although it is only keeping an eye on the property, my location means I can't even pop out to see you guys for a few hours. Like Jon says though, if any of you can get to Ivan's next meet, I'll see you there.

Metal mug
10-09-2011, 03:07 PM
sorry guys, have to dip out, its our traditional end of year (festival year) party, normally we do it in october but its brought forward somewhat this time. i cant dip out on the party as i do the sound and lighting for it so rather an essential "guest"

sorry again and wishing you all a good one, if anyone gets down to ivans the end of the month, will catch up with you then :)

all the best

Jon


Now I'm going to look a right pain in the neck. I've been pulled onto weekend shifts for the next couple weeks, and although it is only keeping an eye on the property, my location means I can't even pop out to see you guys for a few hours. Like Jon says though, if any of you can get to Ivan's next meet, I'll see you there.How many of us are left now? :D

Adam Savage
10-09-2011, 03:18 PM
Not many, but you'll have the company of the beret wearing, plastic bow toting, sharp stick brigade. :)

jus_young
10-09-2011, 05:02 PM
And then there were three...

Metal mug
10-09-2011, 05:42 PM
And then there were three...Who will survive? :D

Adam Savage
10-09-2011, 05:55 PM
Who will survive? :D

Tune in next week, to see which of the bushmates remain...

Metal mug
10-09-2011, 06:08 PM
Tune in next week, to see which of the bushmates remain...I bet he'll be wearing a beret. :)

jus_young
10-09-2011, 09:41 PM
I bet he'll be wearing a beret. :)

Not fair, I went into the shop to get my beret and they said that some guy named Jack had been in earlier and bought every one they had.

Adam Savage
10-09-2011, 10:49 PM
Did they mention he was buying them for a small band of Zulus he had conscripted? ;)

Metal mug
11-09-2011, 01:39 PM
Not fair, I went into the shop to get my beret and they said that some guy named Jack had been in earlier and bought every one they had.


Did they mention he was buying them for a small band of Zulus he had conscripted? ;)Those microlites cost an arm and a leg now. :)

Adam Savage
11-09-2011, 03:32 PM
Jes, but you can get three Zulus on each one.

http://i1024.photobucket.com/albums/y304/crazysaint22/bushcraft%20locations/oddballs/zuluflite.png

Metal mug
11-09-2011, 06:34 PM
Jes, but you can get three Zulus on each one.

http://i1024.photobucket.com/albums/y304/crazysaint22/bushcraft%20locations/oddballs/zuluflite.pngBest picture ever. :happy-clapping:

Metal mug
13-09-2011, 08:20 PM
Only two more sleeps. :)

jus_young
13-09-2011, 08:39 PM
Only two more sleeps. :)

With the wind and rain coming in you better make the most of the two more sleeps cos thats all we will get!

jus_young
13-09-2011, 08:39 PM
What time you planning on getting there?

jus_young
13-09-2011, 09:00 PM
Hang on a minute, today is Tuesday, then its Wednesday, after that comes Thursday and then its meet day. I'm pretty sure that makes it three more sleeps for us mere mortals. I know time works differently for you Jack but you got me worried then!

Metal mug
14-09-2011, 12:16 PM
I'm trying to get there for 1:00 but I could be a little later.

Metal mug
14-09-2011, 12:17 PM
Hang on a minute, today is Tuesday, then its Wednesday, after that comes Thursday and then its meet day. I'm pretty sure that makes it three more sleeps for us mere mortals. I know time works differently for you Jack but you got me worried then!Oops, my mistake. Only two more sleeps to go. :)

Marvell
14-09-2011, 04:46 PM
Rightoo, I'm back. I appear or have missed Dartmoor again. I there something going on on here in the depths of these 24 pages?

jus_young
14-09-2011, 05:04 PM
Rightoo, I'm back. I appear or have missed Dartmoor again. I there something going on on here in the depths of these 24 pages?

You haven't missed anything :D

A few are meeting at Poolbridge Exmoor this Friday till Sunday and Dartmoor walk is next weekend.

jus_young
15-09-2011, 03:58 PM
One more sleep to go

Metal mug
15-09-2011, 07:59 PM
One more sleep to goYup. (That didn't add a lot I know) :D

jus_young
15-09-2011, 08:21 PM
Yup. (That didn't add a lot I know) :D

Nuf said :)

Metal mug
15-09-2011, 08:38 PM
Might be a little later than expected tommorow maybe about 2 or 3 pm. It depends on how quick we pack. :)


Also I need to find my beret and little plastic bow.

jus_young
15-09-2011, 08:42 PM
Might be a little later than expected tommorow maybe about 2 or 3 pm. It depends on how quick we pack. :)


Also I need to find my beret and little plastic bow.

I will get a fire going for a brew. I tried to sneak my sons bow out of the house earlier but he spotted me :ashamed:

Metal mug
15-09-2011, 08:57 PM
I will get a fire going for a brew. I tried to sneak my sons bow out of the house earlier but he spotted me :ashamed:Just as long as you've got a beret. :)

Metal mug
16-09-2011, 05:42 AM
No more sleeps.

jus_young
16-09-2011, 10:07 AM
Well if anyone is up for a visit this is where the site is http://www.caravancampingsites.co.uk/somerset/poolbridge.htm just follow the directions but be careful of the postcode given, my sat nav says its miles away from the camp site!

Metal mug
16-09-2011, 12:58 PM
Anyway off in a little while, just getting my beret dry cleaned. ;)

Metal mug
16-09-2011, 01:33 PM
Right, off now.



Cheerybye!


Jack

jus_young
18-09-2011, 10:47 PM
Zulu the Donkey. Its spooky and rather unnerving but folk here start going on about Zulus and in a 13th Century church we visited on our walk yesterday was a picture of Zulu the Donkey.

'The donkey 'Zulu' earned fame (and his portrait hanging on the church wall) by plodding twice a day for many months bringing timber for the roof from Poriock. Stoke Pero is mentioned in the Doomsday Book' An extract from http://exmoorencyclopedia.org.uk/contents-list/52-s/942-stoke-pero.html

Well it was a good weekend with laughs a plenty. Exmoor in typical style threw everything at us but a blizzard and by the time we left today the water table and river level had risen considerably. Lakes were forming all around us, and underneath the sleeping mats! I really felt sorry for the 30 or so school girls that were training on the moor, they were seriously soaked by the time they arrived on the site Saturday evening and then off again early on Sunday for much of the same. Our walk through the woods was tame in comparison but it is a truly beautiful place to have a wander. Thanks for the weekend guys and see you again soon.

I think theres a few star trek repeats on if you know what I mean...

Metal mug
19-09-2011, 12:32 PM
It rained, it hailed, it was cold, and towards the end I was pretty damp. But I loved every minute of it. :D

Jack


Ps. Pictures to follow soon.

Metal mug
19-09-2011, 08:29 PM
3 piccys

Adam Savage
19-09-2011, 10:35 PM
Two Tesco kettles????? That's just greedy. Was one for the Zulus?

Martin
20-09-2011, 07:25 AM
Yuk!! That looks like a sticky camp site. Glad you all had fun though. Did you stay for two nights??

Martin

jus_young
20-09-2011, 04:57 PM
Two nights it was. The first night wasn't too bad but the rain on night two was getting pretty heavy.

Metal mug
21-09-2011, 05:39 AM
Two Tesco kettles????? That's just greedy. Was one for the Zulus?One was for the Zulu donkey. :)