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

24/03/2019: Cosdon Hill, Shilley Pool and the “Graveyard”
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We’ll walk from South Zeal to Shilley Pool (a perfect lunch spot) and then on to the “Graveyard” (a spectacular prehistoric stone row) and up and over Cosdon Beacon. More details here: https://www.dartmoorwalksthisway.co.uk/walks-for-locals. Meet either at Ashburton at 11 am or the car park in South Zeal at 11.45 am.

25/03/2019: NNAS Bronze Navigation course
Click here to view activity details A 2 day non-residential course based on the East of Dartmoor and covering the syllabus of the NNAS Bronze Award. Entirely practical and ideal for those with limited navigation skills. The first day will start from Haytor Lower Car Park (Grid Ref 765771) and the second from the car park on Trendlebeare down ( I will show you where this is at the end of day 1, it is only a 5 minute drive from . . . Haytor). Each day will run from 9 until 5 and there may be a little overnight “Homework”. The second day will include an element of assessment.
Skills covered include
Map Symbols and scales. Map orientation. Use of linear features as handrails. Judging distance. Contour appreciation. Route planning and understanding rights of way.
Good footwear, Waterproofs and a packed lunch are essential. If you have them, bring your own Laminated OS 1:25000 Dartmoor map and Silva type compass , although these can be provided, a permanent marker pen and a watch.
Please note there is a seperate £2 parking fee at Haytor now, not included in the course fee.

29/03/2019: NNAS Silver Navigation course
Click here to view activity details A 2 day fully practical non-residential course following the NNAS Silver syllabus and assessment criteria.
ideally you will have completed the NNAS bronze course already or be capable of completing tasks in the bronze syllabus (see www.nnas.org.uk).
Please bring full waterproofs including gaiters, a packed lunch, and dress warmly. If you own a Silva type compass (type 4 preferred) and a laminated . . . OS sheet OL28 bring them too. Stout footwear is essential.


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About Us

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