Posted: Monday 18th July 2016 by StayWild

A spontaneous Dartmoor adventure and lots of wildlife

So, i'm back! After having a break from 30 Days Wild in June, I have come back to begin a weekly (hopefully) blog on my Wild Adventures because I am determined to Stay Wild! I hope I inspire you a little bit to get outside and enjoy nature, that's if Pokemon Go hasn't already done that.... (I have such a love hate relationship with that game!)


My first blog is going to be about the spontaneous trip that myself and my other half, Jim, took to Dartmoor National Park over the weekend. We wanted a weekend break to get away from the usual hustle and bustle and decided to visit Dartmoor. We wanted something a little more luxurious than camping so we used AirBnb and found a lovely lodge in the middle of the national park. It was in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but the wild to keep us company. We had no phone signal but the host had put wifi in so.... You win some you lose some!


Lodge


We took the time to visit the Buckfast Otter and Butterfly sancturary whilst we were there, who closely work along side the Devon Wildlife Trust. It was a brilliant place to spend a few hours, especially if you time it to include an otter feeding session where you will learng ALOT about the otters they have there. The organisation have sustained breeding and rehabilitation of otters and butterflies and love to  raise awareness within the community which has been so beneficial to the wildlife because they also support and encourage the conservation of species within their natural habitats. There's a lot to see and learn so take your camera!


Butterfly Pupa


We also took the opportunity to do come cycling and took our bikes down to the coast. We cycled along the Dawlish coastline and stopped for some icecream breaks and beach paddles along the way, there's nothing better than fresh sea air to blow away the cobwebs!


Dawlish Coast


It only took us just over 2 hours to get down to Dartmoor one evening and we really felt better after going even for just a long weekend (Of course, you always want it to be longer) I am a big advocate for exploring where you live if you want a break from everything and I think the UK is full of some incredible places to visit. You dont need to go abroad to have a breath of fresh air (though there is something to be said about the weather...) but whatever the weather, there's always somewhere worth exploring!


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