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.