I was sat in the Fox Tor Cafe in Princetown about 11:00 am, and outside it was 27 degrees Celsius with wall to wall sunshine. I had time to kill, I was in no hurry to venture out. The heat wave was no time to push myself too far, which meant if I set off early, I would make camp early afternoon and spend a long day chasing shadows around a tor to stay cool.
I decided on Belstone village, on the northern boundary of the national park, as the place to leave the car, and it was around one in the afternoon when I stepped out onto the moor to camp on the summit of Steeperton Tor, by the army hut. It proved to be a wonderful night!