The first ever Dartmoor Walking Festival in 2016 was a great success and the very positive feedback really supported the idea of it becoming an annual event which is absolutely fabulous. Therefore Moorland Guides have held it again in 2017 and 2018 and the public voted with their feet – literally – and it seems that the festival is here to stay!
The next festival will be held from Saturday 24th August until Sunday 1st September 2019 inclusive which means that this will be the last bank holiday week of the summer. In 2019 we are teaming-up with the National Disabled Ramblers who have seen what 2018 successes were like. Walks are being prepared by the guides at the moment so keep an eye on this page for updates and information about what is becoming one of the leading walking festivals.
In 2018 the festival raised over £1,000 for the Devon Air Ambulance (link here to the website) charity and in 2019 the Air Ambulance will remain the main charity for the festival which runs from Saturday 24th August to Sunday 1st September.
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We will be putting on several events each day during the nine-day festival ranging from modest guided strolls and children’s rambles to full day walks and ambitious challenges! There really will be something for everyone including ‘accessible’ events for the less mobile in partnership with the Disabled Ramblers Association.
The Dartmoor National Park are fully supporting the week with Ranger-led walks as well as archaeological visits and events and we are delighted to also have the support of those who live and work on Dartmoor within the Dartmoor Commoner’s Council.
Our aim is to have at least four events each day during the nine-day festival, so there really is something for everybody, with evening talks and walks included. The Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team is also supporting the week and if you have ever wondered what they do out in the dark when searching for missing walkers then come and join them on an evening exercise to find out more!
The week is only limited by your imagination so come along, come and explore Dartmoor on your Doorstep and find out more about this incredibly special place. As a result of last year’s feedback more evening events are also being planned.