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

22/07/2018: Beatrice Chase and Cream Tea stroll

Click here to view activity details Beatrice Chase was an authoress who loved at the beginning of the 20th Century at Higher Venton at Widecombe. She was a prolific author of books. She . . . built a Roman Catholic Chapel at Venton and dedicated her life to her work there. Simon wrote her biography and leads walks looking at Widecombe Village and her life there. This walk will start on the village green at Widecombe by the big stone village sign near the Church. Meet Simon there at 2.30pm for a stroll in the village and down to Venton for a Cream Tea at the home of Beatrice Chase, hosted by the farmer Margaret Rogers who has lived there all her life since her father inherited the farm from Beatrice in the 1950s. We will then stroll through the lanes and back to Widecombe for late afternoon. The walk and cream tea included is £10. Please order and pay in advance, details of BACs can be obtained by emailing Simon who will also have copied of his books for sale on the day. This is a stroll of about two and a half miles on roads at a gentle pace. More details

28/07/2018: Fur Tor Walk (rearranged from March)

Click here to view activity details On Saturday 28th July we will be doing this walk which had to be cancelled from March because of the weather and illness. Join Simon Dell on this walk . . . across the open high moor. We will start at Baggator Gate which does not have much parking available so it might be best to car share if you can. Leaving a car in Peter Tavy near the Church is probably best in order to save space at Baggator Gate.Bring a hot drink and packed lunch. Wellies with thick socks are okay or waterproof walking boots are also good because the route can be wet. We will visit a number of Dartmoor-365 places and pages from the book by John Hayward if you are a 365-er! (J5 Baggator. J6 Limbroso Cairne. J7 the Upper Walkham, J8 Tavy Hole. H8 Fur Tor) If time allows and visibility is good we will see if we can find the head of the River Tavy where it trickles from the peat! We will meet at 10am and finish the walk hopefully about 5pm but please do not book to come if you are time critical and can not be late off the moor. Bring a torch with you just in case – it’s a long walk. of about 10 miles (16 Kms) of rough terrain. Please book by email for a place on this walk. Limited to 20 walkers. Please check this website on the night before to check if anything has changed or cancelled if bad weather occurs. CAR SHARES – I would suggest meeting at 0930hrs at Peter Tavy Church to sort out car shares to minimise parking in the little space at Baggator! See you at 0930 at the Church for those wanting to car share or at 10am at Baggator Gate. PLEASE ENSURE YOU CHECK THIS WEBSITE ENTRY BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME ON THE MORNING IN CASE THE WALK IS CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER. More details

04/08/2018: Beardown Man Standing Stone Walk

Click here to view activity details Join this Mustard Seed Walk for a little stroll into the Northern Moors heading out from Holming Beam to Lydford Tor, Conies Down Tor, to Beardown Man . . . Standing Stone and Devil’s Tor, then across the interesting landscape to Rough Tor. From here we’ll head to Crow Tor then to Beardown Tors before returning to Holming Beam. This will be a 6.5 to 7 mile walk over typical moorland landscape. More details


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