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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31/03/2017: Expedition Skills Workshop

A day spent learning to use camping stoves, pitching and striking tents, selecting campsites, packing rucksacks, cooking expedition food etc. We will share out kit between us and set off for a 6 hour . . . walk during which we will take opportunities to deal with all the issues mentioned and much more. You will need to bring stout footwear, waterproofs, the ingredients for hot drinks of your choice, and snacks. You will need a rucksack of approx 50-70 Litres, but Adrian can provide if need be (request when booking). Please advise of any dietary issues OR provide a meal for cooking yourself. There are only 6 places available on these courses so book early. We will not be camping on the course but Adrian will provide accompanied backpacking overnight trips by arrangement….feel free to ask.
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02/04/2017: Looking for Pixies again

A 9 mile walk visiting Pixie’s Cave, Yellowmead Circle, Gutter Tor, Ringmoor Down and Challisham Down. Please book before 6pm on the night before.

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08/04/2017: Walk & Watercolour Day

‘Painting and drawing is a meditation. A way to feel more connected to myself. And to the land I love’. Gina Hemery, Artist
Join us for a guided walk through an ancient stone circle and along a river . . . followed by watercolour tuition for all levels. You will learn to enhance the artistic skills you already have or learn new techniques and media. (You are welcome to bring your own media to work with and Gina is happy to discuss anything with you, but the painting focus will be watercolour.)
Gina Hemery grew up in Devon and has lived in Dorset for over 28 years and is constantly inspired to paint the natural world around her home, the countryside and further afield. She has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember – watercolour became her medium of choice due to it’s portability, and it rapidly hooked her. She works mostly outdoors and she continually explores this medium’s magical ability to convey light, colour and atmosphere. Gina is influenced by the philosophy and practise of early Chinese painters, the Impressionists, Samuel Palmer and many other watercolourists of the present day. Check out ‘Gina Hemery Art’ FB page for more examples of her exquisite work.
Level: 3 out of 5. The walk is approximately 3 miles across open moorland. It will be a gentle pace with a couple of stops to paint, sketch and for lunch.
Meeting place: Small carpark next to Scorhill moor gate. Drive to the village of Gidleigh (above Chagford) then continue driving uphill towards Scorhill and Creaber. Keep going straight for approximately 1 mile until you reach a sharp bend to the right with a turning to the left and dead end sign. Take this left turn on the bend up to Scorhill. Postcode is TQ13 8HS (please don’t rely on this to get you to the exact spot). Parking is limited so carsharing recommended.
What to bring: Dartmoor weather is changeable so bring warm layers, sunscreen, sturdy walking shoes, waterproofs. Bring lunch and a drink. And bring your own painting/drawing materials, pencil, rubber, sharpener and sketch pad. (We can provide basic watercolour supplies if you let us know in advance. There will be a small additional fee.) There is a small natural swimming pool in a nearby river, so bring swimming costumes and towel if you’d like a dip!
Cost: £35 for adults. Click here to book:
Cancellation: The walk maybe postponed if the weather forecast is awful (strong winds or heavy rain) and you will be sent an email within 24 hours of the event. You will be invited to attend the new date or offered a refund. Sorry no refunds if you are unable to attend.
Risk: Walks are at your own risk. No responsibility accepted for accidents or incidents.
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