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.”

Dawn Williamson

Dawn was brought up in Somerset and spent many days walking the paths of Somerset and Dorset. She studied geography and also more recently conservation. She had an early career in mapping and remote sending before working in the education departments of two wildlife trusts. It is here that she realised the importance of encouraging people of all ages and children in particular to visit and understand the outdoor world. She is also a qualified Forest schools leader. She has walked in hills and mountains around the world and having recently moved Devon is enjoying walking (and running) on Dartmoor. Dawn has recently gained her Moorland Walking leadership award. She is an guide for DNPA.

David Glenny

Walks with David are always both fun and informative. A former primary school head teacher he is an experienced provider of moorland walks and activities for children of all ages. He also takes great pleasure in helping adults, especially those new to Dartmoor, to understand their surroundings and engage with the natural environment.
For schools and for families he has developed the concept of ‘Playwalks’ which combine the pleasures of walking and learning about the natural and human history with extended opportunities for games and free play in wild areas.
Beyond his work with ‘moorland guides’ David runs Dartmoor residentials for a handful of schools takes class groups for ‘playwalks’ and curriculum-themed walks; and works as a freelance for Devon Discovery residential centres. His latest project involves using Dartmoor and its surrounds for the physical and mental health benefits it can offer to troubled children. You might also spot David singing in ‘The Lost Sound Chorus’, a Dartmoor based Folk Choir!

Chris Bourne

Chris Bourne has been involved with outdoor activities since a young age when his dad would take the family camping, with open fire cooking, usually in the woodlands or moorland. This then progressed with cubs, scouts, ventures, and as a leader. Many an expedition camping trip was soon to follow and undertaken with his growing family as they came along and now it’s often with his grand children. Chris is married to Brenda and lives in Okehampton Devon. They have four children who are all married and have 9 grand children.
He is a Wild Country Assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, (DofE) both here in the UK and Overseas. He is Chairman of the local DofE Committee and runs the Open Award Group with other leaders. He is also a Tutor and Course Director for the Award for Supervisors and Assessors.
With the Award he has taken groups regularly to South Africa for their Residential Project and Expedition at Gold Level as well as here in the UK with all three levels of Bronze Silver and Gold participants.
He has led and supervised groups on Dartmoor, Exmoor, Bodmin Moor, The Brecon Beacons, The Lake District, The North York Moors, Snowdonia, The Scotland Glens and Mountains, In France on their footpath network and in the Pyrenees, In South Africa in the Baviaanskloof Mega Wilderness Reserve, The Groot Vaders Bosch World Heritage Site, Landeberg Mountains and the Drakenberg Mountains
He runs Pegasus Outdoor Ventures, which have been developing and evolving since Oct 2006 where he has become more directly involved with environmental education and awareness.
He leases and manages woodlands under a Land Management Plan in conjunction with the Forestry Commission on behalf of the landowners, it is here where the Bushcraft, Woodcraft, Survival Skills, Earth Walk and Environmental events and programmes mainly take place, working with groups, schools, other organisations, families and individuals.
He and Pegasus Outdoor Ventures are organisational members of the Institute of Outdoor Learning and Special Interest Group members for Bushcraft and Survival Skills, where he serves on the executive committee he is also a member of the Special Interest Group for Forest Schools. Pegasus Outdoor Ventures are also members of the Council for Learning Outside of the Classroom.
He is a qualified assessor and internal verifier for Lantra Awards, Land Based Activities and also deliveries programmes for teachers, care workers and play leaders to help them grow in confidence and safety awareness in the outdoor woodland environment.
The woodlands are a designated Learning Destination where children can add to their Passport for learning, see childrensuniversity.co.uk. The Children’s University (CU) Trust offers 7 to 14 year olds (and 5 to 6 year olds with their families) exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours. If you are a child, parent/carer, school or potentialpartner organisation this is the place to start.
Pegasus Outdoor Ventures are an Approved Provider for the John Muir Award. See http://www.jmt.org/jmaward-home.asp The John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places. It encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration
The three Levels of the John Muir Award – Discovery Level, Explorer Level and Conserver Level – encourage a progressive involvement.
• Discovery Award (Introductory Level) 4 days (or equivalent) minimum time commitment
• Explorer Award (Intermediate Level) 8 days (or equivalent) minimum time commitment
• Conserver Award (Advanced Level) 20 days (or equivalent) minimum time commitment, over at least 6 months
The same four Challenges are repeated for each Level, with increased involvement in terms of time, activity, responsibility and ownership.
These awards are often integrated into the activities offered as a min- series or programme of events.

Amanda Head

Amanda was born and grew up in London, but caught the hill walking bug after taking part in Ten Tors in 1977. She then spent the next 12 years escaping whenever possible to the Lake District, Peaks, Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia, whilst trying to find a suitable job in the South West so that she could get back to Dartmoor. In 1989 she finally made the move to South Devon and now lives with her family near Newton Abbot. A career change 15 years ago took Amanda into teaching Geography and Outdoor Education, where she has great fun exploring everywhere from the local area with the youngest children to parts of Africa with the older ones, and all via Dartmoor with as many youngsters as possible. Dartmoor offers a never-ending supply of outdoor experiences and no matter how familiar it is, there is always something new to discover and share. Amanda is also an Assistant Scout Leader with a very active group and helps to run bush-craft activities and frequent hike camps throughout the UK as well as regular trips to the Swiss Alps. Amanda joined Moorland Guides in 2012.

Adrian Partridge

Adrian holds the Mountain Leader (summer) award and has completed the training for the winter award. He has been walking on Dartmoor for over 45 years during which time he has enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm for the landscape with scouts, school groups, family and friends. Adrian has been a member of the Dartmoor Rescue Group since 1985 and currently specialises in training navigation with the team. He has been a Dartmoor National Park Guide since 2005 and particularly focuses on longer walks and walks with an archaeological interest. Adrian runs his own hillwalking business “Hillwise”, freelances as an expedition leader in the developing world for World Challenge, and works as a steersman for Canoe Adventures 12 man Voyageur canoes on the tidal Dart.

Simon Dell MBE

Simon Dell is currently the Director and Co-ordinator of Moorland Guides. He has since retired as a full-time and volunteer Police Constable after thirty two years regular service in September 2007, and since then as a Special Constable volunteer in the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary having been a member of the Force since 1975. His last post was leading the Special Constabulary volunteers throughout the Force area in supporting the work of the Wildlife Crime Officers, thus continuing the work when he was, for many years, a Wildlife Liaison Officer in the Police Service . He served in various stations throughout the counties of Devon and Cornwall as well as working on the Isles of Scilly. Seventeen years of his service was spent at Tavistock Police Station as Community Constable, where, in 1997 he was awarded the MBE for services to the community as well as Mountain Rescue.
His interests have involved twenty years as a member of the Dartmoor Rescue Group, being its chairman in 1995 and is also a Dartmoor National Park Guide. He leads guided walks on Lundy Island and is a member of the Lundy Field Society having written several books about the island including a guide. His guided walks now also include guiding on the Pembrokeshire island of Skomer during the puffin season.
In 1997 his first book, ‘The Beat on Western Dartmoor’ was published and following the success of this first book (it has since sold out!) he has been much in demand for talks and presentations all around the Force area as well as nationally. He has appeared on television and radio talking about policing history and has completed two series of the television documentary series ‘Murder Most Foul’ with the actor Jack Shepherd.
He was for many years a member of the National committee of the Police History Society as well as being a member of the local Devon & Cornwall Police Museum Committee.
Simon has received the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in 2003 and shortly after, he received the Daily Mirror’s ‘Pride of Britain’ Award and also the “Sun” newspaper’s Police Bravery Award 2002. In 2009 he was awarded the “Anne Frank Educator’s Award” for his work with young people who suffer discrimination, this award was presented by Anne Frank’s posthumous-step-sister. In 2013 he was awarded the Lifetime In Policing Award by the Home Office after serving through five different decades in the Force as both a Regular full-time Officer and a volunteer Special Constable.
He is now a freelance writer having published fourteen books on policing as well as Dartmoor Prison, industrial archaeology and Lundy Island. He also writes for various Dartmoor magazines and periodicals as well as the Times Educational Supplement and more recently the BBC Countryfile Magazine. He has a regular feature called “Dartmoor Curiosities” in the Dartmoor Magazine. Simon’s books can be obtained from this website at the Books for Sale page. He has also been involved in reviewing Oxford University publications. His books can be found for purchase on his website at http://simondell.co.uk/book-shop/
He still lives in Tavistock with his wife Shirley, son Matthew & daughter Laura along with grandchildren Maddison and Joseph. In his spare time he enjoys relaxing mountaineering both in the UK as well as the Alps and Himalayas, having taken part in several expeditions in Nepal and Tibet to both the north and south sides of Mount Everest and to the summit of nearby Kalar Pathar as well as climbing in the Alps and summating Mont Blanc.
When not found on Dartmoor or up a mountain he can be found playing in the South Wales Police Band of which he is a member.