Planning for a bunkhouse outing and a Dartmoor report….

I have a group of friends with whom I regularly go camping and normally in tents. What’s more, we all have kids of a similar age (6-9) and so most of the time we also take these along too. It is great fun and we normally go to Exmoor or the Brecon Beacons although recently we have been a bit further afield.

Back in February, just after the last lot of snow, we decided to take a punt and go to Dartmoor but instead of tents we hired a bunkhouse. In this case, the bunkhouse was the Nun’s Cross Farmhouse which is 3 miles from Princetown. Its owned and run by the Duchy of Cornwall through Key’s College. It can accomodate about 30 people although on this occasion we trooped in with 6 dads, 6 lads and a mate of mine and cost £60 a night.

 

Nun's Cross Farm Bunkhouse

Nun's Cross Farm Bunkhouse

 

It has no running water (there is a leet outside), no electricity and only candles for light, 2 wood stoves for warmth and a few gas rings for cooking with.  Needless to say we had a whale of a time and managed to do a reasonable amount of walking combined with a few evening drinks and card games when the kids had gone to bed.

 

The Kids have gone to bed - woo hoo!

The Kids have gone to bed - woo hoo!

 

We also managed to walk to Drizzlecombe prehistoric stone avenue which the kids thought was mightily impressive! Its a very atmospheric place as is Dartmoor as a whole and its definitely somewhere I would go with the kids again

 

The Stone Avenue at Drizzlecombe

The Stone Avenue at Drizzlecombe

 

Since then I have had a hankering to do a similar outing but in the Brecon Beacons so that its a bit closer to home. Also the other dads have expressed a preference for something a little more salubrious this time. I have found a link (part of the BBNP website) detailing about 2 dozen different bunkhouses spread throughout the Brecon Beacons. They all look great and I find myself getting quite excited about doing this especially if its in January as there is a fair chance of snow. Its something to look forward to and definitely one to plan for which I admit is half the fun for me.

Has anyone else done the bunkhouse thing and if so what did you think and did you find it a completely different kind of trip to just camping?

PS Day 8…………

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2 Responses to Planning for a bunkhouse outing and a Dartmoor report….

  1. Wow. I’ve always wanted to take part in an adventure like this. Great shot of the stone avenue at Drizzlecombe. Is that the actual name of the place, or are you making a pun because of the weather? 🙂

    ..and might I say that you’re a good group of dads for hanging out with your kiddos!

  2. backpackbrewer says:

    Thanks for the kind comments. We are a small group of like-minded dads of a similar age and disposition and quite enjoy roughing it outdoors with our kids….

    As to Drizzlecombe ( http://www.richkni.co.uk/dartmoor/drizzle.htm )
    yes it is a real place and it is definitely worth a visit if you ever get the chance

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