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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Upcoming Activities

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24/04/2024
Dartmoor Moon Walk – NOW FULLY BOOKED

Please note that due to popularity and demand this walk is fully booked. There are other Moon Walks available in the calendar. This walk will give you chance to walk in the dark on Dartmoor. We hopefully will be walking in the moonlight, so bring a torch. We will learn about some of the many legends . . . and we should see the sun set and moon rise if we get a clear evening. Bring a drink and a snack and wear warm clothes. Dogs are not permitted on this walk.
Cost is £7.50 per person, under 16 £5 per person and you must book and pay in advance, limited spaces. This walks will book up fast so be quick. You can pay by Paypal, Cheque or Bacs.

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24/04/2024
Wednesday Walks

Moorland Guides are delighted to once again, be running walks every Wednesday to members of the public. We’ll meet at Haytor Visitor Centre every Wednesday at 10am for a 3 hour walk in the surrounding area. Depending on the guide and group size, we might visit Haytor Quarry, the old tramway, . . . Smallacombe Rocks, Haytor, Becka Brook and maybe even Hound Tor.
Each week will have a different route and perspective, as each of our guides has a different area of expertise and experience of the moors.
This week, our walk will be run by Keith Lambeth. Keith has in the region of 35 years of backpacking and mountaineering experience with over 25 years active service in Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton. Keith moved to Dartmoor in 1992 and now leads and guides small groups and individuals on a variety of public and bespoke hikes and walks. Keith is a passionate explorer of the links between history, legend and landscape of the British Isles and Dartmoor in Particular.
Payment can be paid via bank transfer or by clicking this stripe link: https://buy.stripe.com/28oaIddgKd54eiYfYY. Please note these walks require a minimum of 5 walkers and we reserve the right to cancel the walk if we haven’t met the required numbers by midday on the day before. In this event, we will offer to transfer your booking to another week or refund you.

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28/04/2024
Dartmoor’s Sett Makers’ Bankers Industrial Archaeology walk

Join Simon Dell at the Rees Jeffery car park between Cox Tor and Merrivale for a morning walk looking at a little know aspect of industrial archaeology of the area. Simon wrote a book some years ago about these small benches scattered about the moors in this area and will have some on the day.

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Wheeled Access Group (WAG)

We find routes on Dartmoor that disabled people using powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters can access. We work with land managers to make simple changes on routes to improve access and we lead walks on Dartmoor during the Dartmoor Walking Festival and throughout the year.

Dartmoor Walking Festival

The Dartmoor Walking Festival is an annual event every summer that hosts a series of walks and activities for walkers of all abilities. Showcasing the delights and wonders of our moors, our highly knowledgable guides share their insights into what makes Dartmoor so special to so many, delving into it’s history, geology, wildlife and flora.

The festival is also an opportunity to raise funds for our local charity, the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and each year, your generosity has enabled us to contribute to their ongoing good work. Last year, your kind donations raised £1,125.

Our next festival will run from 7-15 September 2024. We would love you to join us!

Schools

Moorland Guides provides walks and activities for UK and international schools. With a range of walks and locations, you will find an activity for you.

Private Guide hire

Are you looking for a bespoke walking activity with one of our experienced guides? Find out more here upon how you can hire one of our guides.

Book store

From it’s history to it’s geology, there is so much to understand about Dartmoor. Luckily, As well as being accomplished walking guides for the moors, many of our members also write about them too.

Our book store has a wealth of books discussing the moors, its history, some of its best walks and some of its famous characters. Find out more by browsing our easy to use book store and discover more about the moors.

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