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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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29/07/2017: A daytrip to Lundy Island

Join Simon Dell on a trip to Lundy Island. We will be sailing from Bideford at 10.00am and returning back into Bideford at 9.30pm so we will meet at the Bideford Quay shore office at 9.00am. You book . . . your own ticket for the day by ringing the shore office on 01271 863636 details are also at www.landmarktrust.org.uk/lundyisland/day-trips/bookings Adult tickets are £37. The sailing takes about 2 hours and so bring a packed lunch with you because we will leave the Lundy jetty and go straight out onto our walk and call in at the village on our return in the afternoon. On some Bideford days there is sometimes and opportunity to also do a round the island trip for a modest cost at the end of the day. If this is available then I usually do the commentary for the ship and this is a great way of seeing the island. Make sure you come dressed for the weather just in case it is inclement because there isn’t much shelter on Lundy. No dogs are allowed on Lundy. Because it is late July most of the puffins will have left the island although I have seen them in August so it’s not unheard of to enjoy seeing these curious birds in later July.
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04/08/2017: Earth, Fire & Spirit-Bronze Age landscape & P

‘Earth Fire and Spirit’ is a weekend’s hands-on exploration of the Dartmoor Bronze Age landscape and primitive pottery skills.
For two and a half days, we will immerse ourselves in a Bronze Age . . . settlement on Dartmoor, explore and dowse the sacred ritual landscape with Dartmoor Guide Emma Cunis (Dartmoor’s Daughter), and learn primitive pottery skills with Jim Hamer (Artist Craftsman).
The experience will be based within a well preserved Bronze Age settlement on High Dartmoor in the shadow of Kestor Rock above Chagford. You will have the opportunity to produce a range of clay pots and models and fire them in a primitive fire pit kiln. In addition you will be able to explore and experience through dowsing and earth energies, the many domestic and ritual Bronze Age relics, round houses, standing stones, ritual stone rows and circles.
About the organisers/facilitators :
Jim is a teacher of art, design technology and outdoor education. He is a practising Artist Craftsman, a qualified Mountain Leader, Climbing Instructor and Canoe Coach with over 40 years experience of providing creative and adventurous experiences for children and adults in the outdoors.
Pauline is an experienced dowser and moorland walker and has a deep love and respect for the sacred Dartmoor landscape.
Sally is a member of Devon Dowsers with 20+ years experience and interest in earth energies at sacred sites.
Emma is a Hill & Moorland Leader (HML) and member of Moorland Guides. As ‘Dartmoor’s Daughter’ she organises walks and activities that offering a deeper connection to self, others, and nature resulting in enhanced physical health, emotional wellbeing, and team performance. For 20 years, she led a corporate career in London, New York, Hong Kong, and Australia.
The organisation will be in association with ‘Growing Our Future’, an experiential and environmental education initiative, providing a range of creative, educational and recreational activities in the outdoors for children and adults seeking to fulfil their potential and to re-connect with the natural world.
What’s included: Guided walks, talks, practical demonstrations, food, materials, instruction, camping and facilities (modern toilets and showers). What’s not included: Supper on Friday night – please bring food to share.
Accommodation options: Camping on site, within the garden of an isolated Dartmoor house in the shadows of Kestor. Or a local B+B – accommodation list provided upon request. Please arrive Friday 4pm to set up your tents and be ready for a gentle evening walk followed by a shared supper.
What to bring/wear: Dartmoor weather is highly changeable so please bring plenty of warm layers, sunscreen, waterproof jacket and trousers, sturdy hiking boots, swimsuit, towel, water bottle, flask if you want to carry a hot drink, head/torch, snacks, an apron. And a tent and camping gear if you wish to camp. For Friday night, please bring food to share for supper together and a story/poem or musical instrument if you can.
Level: 2 out of 5 – the walks will be mainly on paths on open moorland as well as some rough grass and rocky patches. You need no previous experience in pottery, art, or dowsing to join us – all are welcome!
Where to meet: Kestorway (above Chagford on Dartmoor), TQ138ET. Follow signs out of Chagford for ‘Fernworthy reservoir’ until you see the right hand turn for Kestor and follow that up on to Dartmoor, and immediately right after going over the cattle grid.
Cost: £190 (plus Origin Tickets booking fee) per adult or engaged older teenager accommpanied by an adult. Group size will be limited to 8-12 participants. A donation will be made to ‘Growing our Future’, a non-profit environmental education project which helps facilitate work with disadvantaged groups.
Click here to book: https://origintickets.co.uk/store/?event=322
Cancellation: The weekend will go ahead come rain or shine. We have indoor and outdoor options throughout the weekend. Sorry we cannot offer refunds if you are unable to attend.
Risk: Sorry no liability accepted for accidents of incidents.

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13/08/2017: A Nature walk and Bronze age antiquities

A nature walk of about 2.5 miles. Starting from the car park we will walk up the beautiful East Dart river valley.
With a visit to Bronze age Hut Curcles, a Stone Row, a Cist and a Cairn. . . . (Refreshments and cream teas are available to purchase at Dartmeet.)
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