Gillian Healey

After travelling the world for over 15 years, Gillian finally put down roots in Devon over 17 years ago.

She’s always been drawn to the outdoors, noticing the positive effects on mental well-being.

A passionate photographer, she can guide you to some of her favourite views and ‘secret’ spots. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Dartmoor, history, myths & legends and connect with nature.

Gillian also gives her time to nurture the ‘get outside bug’ in the next generation by training young teams for the Ten Tors and Duke of Edinburgh awards.

She’s a qualified Hill and Moorland Leader (HML), Outdoor First Aider and Mental Health First Aider, so you know you’re in safe hands.

Sue Perry

I have always been attracted to the great outdoors and I am a part time English teacher.
Some years ago, as part of the military, I took part in expeditions to Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons and Popocatepetl, Mexico; but more recently I’ve spent time on Dartmoor with DofE and Ten Tors through schools. Since we moved to Devon in 2016 I have rambled all over Dartmoor and have taken the opportunity to renew my outdoor leadership qualifications by completing my HML.
A perfect day on the moor for me would probably involve a Bronze Age site and a dip in a Moorland stream.

Debbie Jenkin

Debbie Jenkin was born and raised in Yorkshire, moving to Devon in the 1970s where she formed an immediate attachment with Dartmoor, similar in many ways to her native North York Moors. Working as a primary school teacher, she and her husband and children moved to Dartmoor in 1990 when her passion for the moor grew. She began leading groups for walks on the moor and qualified as a Moorland Leader, joining the pool of Dartmoor National Park guides in 2002, where her guiding work included school groups, foreign students, navigation courses and walks for all ages and abilities. She joined “Moorland Guides” from its launch in 2011. She remains fascinated by Dartmoor, its history and archaeology, geology and wildlife, and has a delight in its legends, which, like many folk-lore stories handed down through time, are often woven into factual events.
Debbie also loves walking in other wild places in Britain, such as the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, Scotland, Wales and Northumberland. She has written a number of walking guide books for hotels in Devon.
Debbie loves Dartmoor in all its moods and in it, finds refreshment of spirit and a place to escape to. She says that, “to be in a position to show this jewel to others, is a huge privilege.”

Sue Hodges

Sue retired from 30 years of teaching in both primary and secondary schools in 2020. During her teaching career Sue helped students to participate in the Ten Tors Challenge and assisted her husband when he ran a school trip to the Italian Alps.

Since retiring from teaching Sue has qualified as a Nordic Walking Instructor with British Nordic Walking, become a Duke of Edinburgh Assessor and a Hill and Moorland Leader. Sue is keen to encourage others to learn to Nordic Walk because of the many benefits that this form of exercise offers including the chance to socialise whilst getting fit.

Sue enjoys hill walking, mountaineering and ski touring in various locations including the French, Italian and Swiss Alps, Bolivia, North Wales, the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Peak District, Exmoor and of course Dartmoor.

Keith Lambeth

Keith has in the region of 35 years of Backpacking and mountaineering experience with over 25 years active service in Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton. Keith Grew up in Sussex and moved to Dartmoor in 1992.He now leads and guides small groups and individuals on a variety of public and bespoke hikes and walks. Keith is a passionate explorer of the links between history, legend and landscape of the British Isles and Dartmoor in Particular.

Keith is fully insured and holds the South West Mountain and Moorland Walking Leader and Camping Leader Award and the National Mountain Training Hill and Moorland Leader qualification.

Sue Goodfellow

Sue is passionate about bringing people and wildlife closer together for their mutual benefit and has spent many years showing people the delights of Dartmoor’s habitats and species.
She is an environmental consultant specialising in conservation policy, environmental assessments and sustainable tourism as well as leading many events for the public and specialist groups.. She worked for the Dartmoor National Park Authority for over 30 years latterly as Director of Conservation and Director of Park Management, heading up a multidisciplinary team working across many disciplines, and formerly as the Park Authority’s ecologist. She is currently the Chair of Natural Devon, the Devon Local Nature Partnership and a trustee of the Devon Wildlife Trust.
Sue is a qualified Hill and Moor Leader, a First Aider and experienced navigator. She has trekked and botanised in many mountain ranges including the Himalayas, the Caucasus, and the Tien Shan.
She lives on Dartmoor in the Teign Valley.

Richard Ware

Richard moved to Tavistock in 1985 from the wilds of North Cornwall and immediately started exploring Dartmoor. The remoter the area the more he wanted to explore and find out all he could about the natural beauty, Wildlife and Cultural Heritage. After 25 busy years as Managing Director of the family Landscape Contracting business he decided to give something back so he became a National Park Guide in 2009. He has enjoyed everything about the job since then and has particularly enjoyed the school walks and walks with families. He believes all walks should be fun and one of the main attributes of a Guide should be a good sense of humour.

Richard Gooding

Hi, my name is Richard Gooding and I am both a Moorland Guide and a Dartmoor National Park Guide. I now live in Plymouth with my wife and two children. My wife and daughter have their own businesses and my son is working with the HM Coastguard Agency. I spent 32 years in the Royal Navy as an engineer and then as a project manager with Babcock. Ever since I was a boy my parents used to take me onto the moor and I have always liked to walk and explore. During my time in the forces we were encouraged to get out and compete in Adventure Training to keep us fit and work as a team. As we travelled the world I wanted to visit more remote areas and take like-minded ships’ personnel to experience life away from the vessel. To do this I qualified as a mountain leader (Joint Service Expedition Leader (MLT)) which enabled me to plan my own expeditions and excursions. I completed and attained the Mountain Bike Instructor and Assessor award for wild country terrain to give people who had never tried mountain biking the ability to attain a level where they would feel competent on a bike over rough ground.
Since retiring I have enjoyed spending time walking, camping and biking on the moor and decided to use these skills in joining the Dartmoor National Park and Moorland Guides. I love taking people out and being able to show just how interesting and fascinating Dartmoor can be with a sense that I am giving something back to the community. Dartmoor is a unique place on our doorstep with a fantastic history that can be seen and shared.
Getting out for a walk with a qualified guide can give all a sense of well-being as well as the knowledge about a place we all need to care for and cherish.
All Moorland guides are helpful, informative people who love the moor and are willing to help you in any way possible to make your experience a safe and pleasurable one. I look forward to meeting you soon.

Phil Watson

Phil’s mountain experience began, as did so many others, with the Duke of Edinburgh award schemes. Serving as a musician in the Royal Marines for 33 years gave him many opportunities to develop mountain skills, including the 10 day Unit Expedition Leaders course run by the Army. Phil now likes to walk as much as possible in the Lake District and on Dartmoor, with the occasional sortie to Snowdonia, Scotland or the Brecon Beacons, and delights in introducing people to the great outdoors.
A few years ago he underwent his Mountain Leader training, becoming qualified in 2013. Since then he has led many walks and expeditions in the UK, with friends, family and young people groups. He has trained Ten Tors teams for the past 8 years.
Phil now lives in Totnes and organises walks under the name of ‘Mustard Seed Walks’, a group started with a few friend from his church, but which has grown in number (see his Facebook site – Mustard Seed Walks).
Phil joined the ranks of the Moorland Guides at the end of 2017 and looks forward to sharing walking experiences with others on Britain’s mountains and moorlands.

Paul Rendell

Paul Rendell, also known as ’Dartmoor Paul’, was born in Plymouth and became enthusiastic about Dartmoor from an early age after being taken on numerous outings by his parents. Burrator and Sheepstor were two of the favourite places they went as a family.
Very early he found he was fascinated by the moor’s industrial archaeology and its wildlife. Because he was dyslexic his schooldays were not very easy for him but he struggled on until school leaving age.
After leaving school, Paul trained as a chef and worked in a number of establishments within the Plymouth area, as well as some on Dartmoor.
Later on he became the Head Gardener at Devonport Dockyard and for stayed there several years but his love for Dartmoor led him to look for work away from the city. His boyhood explorations had already provided him with a knowledge of the moor that only a few possess and his interest led to a second job: leading guided walks and giving talks. Through sheer grit and determination he became a full-time professional guide; this in turn has enabled him to introduce countless people to the delights of walking on Dartmoor and throughout the West Country.
As a keen local historian, Paul has written many articles for newspapers and magazines and wrote his first book, called ‘Exploring the Lower Walkham Valley’. In 1991 he founded the ‘Dartmoor News’, a bi monthly magazine which he still edits today.
Paul is frequently out and about gathering information on matters relating to Dartmoor. For a number of years he was the Conservation Officer for the Dartmoor Preservation Association. In 2011 he started working for the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust leading walks and doing conservation work Bellever near Postbridge and Paul is Committee member for the Okehampton and District Branch of the Devonshire Association.

Paul has now been a Dartmoor National Park Guide for over 21 years.
He loves taking photographs and many of his pictures can be found on Christmas cards, postcards, calendars and in magazines. In his spare time he collects old picture postcards, listens to music and exploring the countryside.

Paul has written three books:
Exploring the Lower Walkham Valley,
Exploring the Burrator Area and
Okehampton Through Time was published in May 2011. He has published a number of books for other authors. Today he lives in Okehampton with his partner Pauline Greenwood. They are working their first book together, Dartmoor Pubs Through Time.