By: Blonde Two

I was chatting to someone via the intergalactic chatter medium of Twitter the other day (a bit of banter makes the Blonde world go round) and he suggested that Dartmoor wasn’t a wilderness.  I think I disagree, but as I wasn’t sure whether the chap I was talking to was a Robert Falcon or a Barry (clue – these men share a surname but only one of them invented the pop up tent), I didn’t argue.DSC_0904I did, however, make some effort to find out what a wilderness actually is:

Blonde definition:  Somewhere where you have to walk for at least a long time to find a road (i.e. the middle of Dartmoor).  Somewhere where you will only ever find intrepid people (i.e. the middle of Dartmoor).  Somewhere where nobody will notice if you have forgotten your mascara or neglected to brush your teeth (don’t be silly, we are Blondes not savages).

Other definitions:  “An uncultivated, uninhabited, and inhospitable region.”  (Doesn’t sound inviting but the description might fit a few bits of Dartmoor).  “An unsettled, uncultivated region left in its natural condition.”  (Dartmoor is maybe not in as natural a condition as you might think).  “The most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet.”  (I am now wondering if we Blondes disturb Dartmoor).

I will leave it up to you to make your mind up whether or not Dartmoor is a wilderness. Maybe wilderness is a relative concept which requires consideration within the context of previous experience.  You do, of course, have to visit Dartmoor before you can make your mind up.  Which is exactly what Mr Ray Mears did for his new series, “Wilderness Walks with Ray Mears.”  You can watch episode one (Dartmoor) on Tuesday 9th September at 7.30 on ITV.  That is, of course, unless you intend to be out exploring your own wilderness that night.  We Blondes might be!