Welcome to the Moors

Covering 368 square miles, Dartmoor is a place of beauty, mystery and diverse ecology. As well as still being home to thousands of people, it also contains ancient remains of settlements reaching back to prehistoric times. With a national park as large as Dartmoor with so much to learn and enjoy, you may prefer, as many visitors do, to walk the moors in the company of a knowledgeable guide who can explain the moorland in as much detail as you want. Our expert guides run a vast range of activities all across the moors and beyond. Join us and find out why the only way to really discover the real Dartmoor is to join the Moorland Guides on one of our walks.

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04/03/2017: Chagford to Steps Bridge (Linear Walk)

A 11 mile linear walk. Meeting at Steps Bridge and taking some cars to Chagford and waking to Steps Bridge, mainly beside the River Teign. Please book before 6pm on the night before.

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04/03/2017: Navigation Training/Refresher Workshop

Want a confidence boost to explore new places? Memories of how to use a map and compass faded?
Join us to visit a Dartmoor that’s off the beaten track, and a day to help regain your confidence to . . . visit places you’ve never been to before. Providing a reminder of how to use a map and compass as well as an opportunity to to discover other ways to feel your way through the landscape e.g.: natural navigation (feeling and seeing the landscape). Experience how to always know where you are and how to get to where you’d like to be, whatever the weather.
You’ll be walking with others of similar ability and led by Emma Cunis and Verran Townsend, qualified walking guides and navigators, who love to encourage and enable others to experience the wildness and beauty of Dartmoor.
Level: 3 out of 5. The walk is gentle with a relaxed pace and many stops to practice navigation techniques and to have lunch, but you need to be happy spending 3-4 hours in hilly moorland terrain.
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Cancellation policy: The event will go ahead come rain or shine. Sorry no refunds unless event is postponed or cancelled.
Meeting point: Car park at Bel Tor corner close to Sharp Tor, about 15 minute’s drive from the Ashburton turn-off on the A38. Grid reference for the car park is SX694731. Car sharing is recommended.
What to bring: Map (OL28 Ordnance Survey map of Dartmoor), compass, lunch, drink, sunscreen, waterproof clothing (even if the forecast is fine!), warm layers and walking boots. For advice on compasses, Silva is recommended and a good source is, for example, Any of the following would be fine: Silva Starter 8; Silva Field; Silva Ranger; Silva Expedition 4.
I enjoyed ‘being out in nature on a part of the Moor I’d not explored before; learning to use a compass and the way this was taught, the pace was great; a lovely group to share this with; time taken to tune in at the start…Can’t wait for the next one!’ Lynne
Risk: No liability accepted for accidents or incidents

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05/03/2017: Discover the Sett Makers’ Bankers

Join Simon Dell and John bright looking at one of Dartmoor’s little known industries – the manufacturing if the street cobbles for Plymouth and Tavistock – the subject of their book about the Sett . . . Makers’ Bankers. We will gently stroll across the slopes of Staple Tors looking at this industrial landscape and the story of the men who worked out on these slopes during the nineteenth century making the street cobbles, or setts. We will meet at 10am in the Rees Jefferys car park which is situated between Cox Tor Car park and Merrivale. Go from Cox Tor Car Park towards Merrivale passing the small Beccamore Combe car park on the left and Rees Jefferys is also on the left after another quarter of a mile towards Merrivale and big enough for over 30 cars. Go down the slope into the car park.. We will take about 2 hours for this stroll covering rough ground but at a gentle pace. John and Simon’s books will also be available if you are interested at half price.
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