31/05/2021 | Explore a Rainforest! Easy walk

Walk overview

Yes, we have rainforests on Dartmoor! Temperate rainforest is a rare habitat, rich in biodiversity. We visit one of Dartmoor’s upland oakwoods, Black-a-Tor Copse, lesser known than Wistman’s Wood, more remote and just as charming.

You will learn what makes these places so special and fragile, and consider some of the species they contain, from ferns that grow on tree branches to lichens and mosses that cover almost every surface. Each participant will receive a hand lens (new, packaged Covid-securely and yours to keep) – you’ll be amazed how much more you can see. You will learn the names of two or three species but the day is not so much about absorbing facts as appreciating this very special habitat.

The day involves walking approx. 6 miles, some of it on uneven ground, and a bit of clambering over boulders.

We will be a small group and keep our distance from each other as per government guidelines. If you develop Covid symptoms or need to self-isolate, we will offer you another date or a refund.

Details

Duration: 9:30 AM, 31/05/2021 – 4:00 PM, 31/05/2021
Guide: Geri Skeens
Start Location: Meldon Reservoir (SX562917)
Cost: Adults – £25 including hand lens Children (U16) – n/a
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs permitted: No

Booking
Booking and payment is required in advance for this walk. To do this, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07765 482333
Email: geri.dartmoor@gmail.com

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11/06/2021 | Navigating on Open Moorland Moderate walk

Walk overview

This course is for anyone who has previously attended an introductory navigation course or knows the basics of map reading and can at least half-remember how to take a compass bearing. It will equip you to plan your own moorland routes and to start navigating on open moorland, on what can often seem like rather featureless terrain.

We will plan together a route of 7-8 miles on open moorland, taking into consideration the weather, the conditions and the ability of our group. We will revise the basics of map reading and compass use and practise these repeatedly. You will learn to look more carefully at gentle changes in the height of the land and other subtle features that may be all you have to navigate by at times. By the end of the day, you should feel a degree of competence to navigate on this terrain and be aware of your limits and of what you need to work on.

We will be a small group and keep our distance from each other in accordance with government guidelines. If you develop Covid symptoms or need to self-isolate, we will offer you another date or a refund.

For further details contact the trainer, Geri Skeens.

Details

Duration: 9:30 AM, 11/06/2021 – 4:30 PM, 11/06/2021
Guide: Geri Skeens
Start Location: Postbridge (Outside visitor Centre) (SX646788)
Cost: Adults – £40 Children (U16) – n/a
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: No

Booking
Booking and payment is required in advance for this walk. To do this, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07765 482333
Email: geri.dartmoor@gmail.com

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17/07/2021 | Navigating on Open Moorland Moderate walk

Walk overview

This course is for anyone who has previously attended an introductory navigation course or knows the basics of map reading and can at least half-remember how to take a compass bearing. It will equip you to plan your own moorland routes and to start navigating on open moorland, on what can often seem like rather featureless terrain.

We will plan together a route of 7-8 miles on open moorland, taking into consideration the weather, the conditions and the ability of our group. We will revise the basics of map reading and compass use and practise these repeatedly. You will learn to look more carefully at gentle changes in the height of the land and other subtle features that may be all you have to navigate by at times. By the end of the day, you should feel a degree of competence to navigate on this terrain and be aware of your limits and of what you need to work on.

We will be a small group and keep our distance from each other in accordance with government guidelines. If you develop Covid symptoms or need to self-isolate, we will offer you another date or a refund.

For further details contact the trainer, Geri Skeens.

Details

Duration: 9:30 AM, 17/07/2021 – 4:30 PM, 17/07/2021
Guide: Geri Skeens
Start Location: Postbridge (Outside visitor Centre) (SX646788)
Cost: Adults – £40 Children (U16) – n/a
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: No

Booking
Booking and payment is required in advance for this walk. To do this, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07765 482333
Email: geri.dartmoor@gmail.com

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28/08/2021 | Whitehorse Hill Bronze Age Cist Strenuous walk

Walk overview

A circular walk to the remote Bronze Age cist – a stone grave – recently excavated to reveal contents preserved in peat for millennia. The ground is uneven and boggy in places, with tussocky grass in others, and a couple of narrow streams, so a challenging walk, made worthwhile by the remote peatland beauty of Whitehorse Hill, by the prehistoric monuments we encounter en route, and if fine some stunning views across the North moors.

Details

Duration: 9:00 AM, 28/08/2021 – 5:00 PM, 28/08/2021
Guide: Geri Skeens
Start Location: Batworthy (Nr Gidleigh/Chagford) (SX 662866)
Cost: Adults – £10 Children (U16) – Under 16s free
Skill Level: Strenuous
Dogs permitted: No

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07765 482333
Email: geri.dartmoor@gmail.com

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31/08/2021 | Cranmere Pool and Moorland Safety Walk Strenuous walk

Walk overview

Join me for a wonderful walk to Cranmere Pool; the site of the original Dartmoor Letter Box.
We will also take in Fernworthy Forest, Teignhead Farm, Whitehorse Hill and Black Ridge peat pass en route, and the Sittaford recumbent and Grey
Whethers stone circles on our return.
During the day we will also discuss staying safe whilst enjoying the wild moor, and there will be ample opportunity to ask questions. There will be areas of boggy and uneven terrain.
Please wear robust footwear and bring waterproofs and food and drink for the day. For capable 16 yrs and older only. Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult. We will meet at the Fernworthy end of the road at Grid Ref SX 659 839
When booking please provide a brief outline of walking experience, Next of Kin details and relevant medical information (treated in strictest confidence).
£10 donation fee to be shared between Devon Air Ambulance and Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton

Details

Duration: 10:00 AM, 31/08/2021 – 4:30 AM, 31/08/2021
Guide: Shona Fernyhough
Start Location: Fernworthy Reservoir (SX 659 839)
Cost: Adults – £10 Donation Children (U16) – not suitable
Skill Level: Strenuous
Dogs permitted: No

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07870 319022
Email: shona@forthewild.co.uk

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03/09/2021 | Ten Tors Ramble Strenuous walk

Walk overview

Commencing at Four Winds Car Park, we will walk an anti-clockwise circular route visiting the following 10 Tors: Hollow, Rundlestone, Little Mis, Great Mis, Lynch, White, Cox, Roos, Great Staple and Mid Staple. This is a fairly tough walk and expect to cover ground that is rocky, boggy and steep in places, plus a river crossing thrown in for good measure

Details

Duration: 9:30 AM, 03/09/2021 – 4:00 PM, 03/09/2021
Guide: Phil Watson
Start Location: Four Winds (SX 553776)
Cost: Adults – £10 donation Children (U16) – free
Skill Level: Strenuous
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: . 07766 735275
Email: philynnwatson@gmail.com

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04/09/2021 | Fur Tor Trek Strenuous walk

Walk overview

Join me for a day trek to Fur Tor, one of the most remote areas of the moor. En route we will take in Beardown Tors, Lydford Tor, Devil Tor and Beardown Man standing stone and returning via Tavy Head and Conies Down. Uneven and boggy terrain will be encountered.
Please wear robust footwear and bring waterproofs and food and drink for the day. For capable 16 yrs and older only. Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult.
When booking please provide a brief outline of walking experience, Next of Kin details and relevant medical information (treated in strictest confidence).

Details

Duration: 10:00 AM, 04/09/2021 – 4:30 PM, 04/09/2021
Guide: Shona Fernyhough
Start Location: Holming Beam (SX 591 764)
Cost: Adults – £10 donation to be shared between Devon Air Ambulance and Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton Children (U16) – unsuitable
Skill Level: Strenuous
Dogs permitted: No

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07870 319022
Email: shona@forthewild.co.uk

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05/09/2021 | Ten Tors Taster Walk Strenuous walk

Walk overview

Join Ten Tors Team Manager and trainer Shona Fernyhough for a challenging 12 mile walk exploring a taste of the Ten Tors challenge. We will be visiting a number of the Northern-most checkpoints in the challenge, including the start
and finish point and the highest point in the South West of England. Please wear robust footwear and bring waterproofs and food and drink for the day.
Shona is a great advocate of the many benefits of wilderness adventure. She greatly enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and love for the moor.

For capable 16 yrs and older only. Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult.
When booking please provide a brief outline of walking experience, Next of Kin details and relevant medical information (treated in strictest confidence).

Details

Duration: 10:00 AM, 05/09/2021 – 5:30 PM, 05/09/2021
Guide: Shona Fernyhough
Start Location: Meldon Reservoir (SX 561 917)
Cost: Adults – £10 donation to be shared between Devon Air Ambulance and Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton . Children (U16) – unsuitable
Skill Level: Strenuous
Dogs permitted: No

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07870319022
Email: shona@forthewild.co.uk

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