Colin and Heather Ridgers

After settling in Plymouth in the late 1970s, Heather and Colin discovered the many interests and the satisfaction of moorland walking. Their interests have ranged from plotting the different types of orchids growing upon the moor to surreptitiously watching baby foxes outside their dens in the spring.

Utilising expertise gained during his long service as a Royal Marine, Colin joined the Dartmoor Rescue Group in 1980. He is still an active member of the Group to this day and for thirty years has assisted in the Group’s provision of safety cover for the Ten Tors Expedition. For 14 years he acted as one of the Group’s Search Co-ordinators during searches for lost persons both on and off the moor. In 2002, was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for services to the emergency services.

In their capacity as Voluntary Wardens for the Dartmoor National Park, Heather and Colin have assisted the full time rangers for over fifteen years in many differing moorland tasks ranging from visitor surveys to dry stone walling. In addition to having several articles published in the Dartmoor Magazine they are currently researching and recording the remains of vermin traps used when rabbits were farmed on Dartmoor.

Colin has been a Guided Walks leader for the National Park during both summer and winter for over twenty years; in this he has been ably assisted by Heather who has accompanied him on all his walks and acted as a second guide.