Richard Matthews

Richard has been exploring Dartmoor for nearly two decades starting with his Ten Tors experience at 13 and he now trains multiple teams every year. Alongside this, his adventures have lead him far and wide across the world both by himself and through his work running expeditions in the mountains and in vehicles. His real passion lies in geography however where he is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. When you join Richard on a walk you’re sure to learn something; whether it’s about our natural world or something silly he has done! You can find out more about Richard and his adventures at www.richard-matthews.co.uk

Hannah Durdin

Hannah grew up walking on the moors, the hills and the coast and spends as much time as possible outdoors. She’s been working for the last 8 years for local outdoor education company, The Outdoors Group and is a qualified Forest School Leader. In 2024, she underwent her Mountain Leader training and is passionate about enabling access to the moors for everyone, particularly those who might not otherwise be able to explore it and benefit from the mental and physical health benefits it brings. She is a keen trail runner, wild swimmer and rambler and always up for an adventure, large or small.

Geri Skeens

Geri is a guide with a particular interest in natural history.  She leads guided walks and runs natural history events.  She also teaches navigation, being a National Navigation Award Scheme course director.  She has an infectious love of nature and wild habitats. You can find out more about Geri at her website: www.geriskeens.co.uk

Karen Pearson

Landscape, walking, and art are my passions and I take great pleasure in creating opportunities to share them. I am a qualified Hill and Moorland Leader and an artist with an MA in Contemporary Fine Art. The sense of well-being and sheer joy of standing on top of a Dartmoor Tor, whether it is a pause on a fantastic walk or a stop for a quick sketch is hard to beat.

As a Moorland Guide and through my website www.karenvpearson.co.uk I am available to lead a variety of walks for individuals, small groups, and families. Walks just for the pleasure of being on the moor with a guide who can add more layers to your experience, and walks where I can give you an opportunity to be on Dartmoor with an artist and storyteller, where you have an opportunity to draw, have fun, and see the moor in more detail.

I am a Devonian and after some years living in Scotland and near London, the moor and the coast drew me and my family home again and I am very lucky to have lived in Ashburton on the edge of Dartmoor for over 20 years. My father is a Dartmoor man and
he has passed his need to be up and out to me and, it looks like I may have managed to do the same with my children. I love this moor; it is part of who I am, and I am drawn to it constantly.

My areas of interest are the layers of human history, the legends and stories and the relationship we have with the landscape, and all this informs my art practice. I have run creative workshops for all ages and confidences and led walks and drawing experiences for small groups and events.