The next Dartmoor Walking Festival will be held from Saturday 24th August until Sunday 1st September 2019 inclusive which means that this will be the last bank holiday week of the summer. In 2019 we are teaming-up with the National Disabled Ramblers who have seen what 2018 successes were like. Walks are being prepared by the guides at the moment so keep an eye on this page for updates and information about what is becoming one of the leading walking festivals.
27/08/2019 | Accessible Walk – for Mobility Scooters along the Rattlebrook Railway. Easy walk

Walk overview

This guided walk of just over 6 miles will take us up onto the open Moor above the River Lyd following the track bed of the old railway around Great Links Tor to the Rattlebrook Peat Works, as we explore the area’s industrial archaeology. The stony track is uneven and can be wet in places.

Booking is required for this activity.

For the disabled rambler this activity is considered as difficulty Category 3, with occasional Category 2 sections. For the walker it is considered an easy walk with some moderate sections.

Details

Duration: 11:00 AM, 27/08/2019 – 4:00 PM, 27/08/2019
Guide: Amanda Head
Start Location: Bridestowe (SX525866)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – Free to carers and children under 16.
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07557 330577
Email: dwilliamson55@hotmail.com

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27/08/2019 | Mary – Michael Pilgrimage Walk Day Two Moderate walk

Walk overview

This is a gentle pilgrimage stroll on Day Two of the Mary – Michael Way from Sourton Church on the West side of Dartmoor, through Meldon and on to Belstone Church and village for about 5pm. The walk is being led by a qualified Dartmoor guide from Moorland Guides. We will start Day Two at 10am at Sourton in the Village Hall Car park to walk to Belstone by about 5pm then we will be brought back to our cars at Sourton. We will have a lunch stop at Fitz’s Well near Okehampton Battle Camp for a picnic lunch. There will again be plenty of opportunity to experience quiet reflection and contemplation along this stroll with far reaching views and calling in at significant points of interest along our route. Full details available from Rev Adrian by email.

The distance to Fitz’s Well is 5 miles, the complete walk to Belstone is 8 miles.

Details

Duration: 10:00 AM, 27/08/2019 – 5:00 PM, 27/08/2019
Guide: Refer to walk description for details of guide
Start Location: Sourton Village Hall (SX535903)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: No

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 01837 861580 or mobile 07709 270412
Email: adrian@ministry.plus.com

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28/08/2019 | Night walk Moderate walk

Walk overview

Join Mike for a walk of about 5 miles around Sharpitor to see and hear Dartmoor at night. Walkers should bring a head torch or hand torch and some liquid refreshment. Sturdy footwear is also recommended. Parking at the Sharpitor Car Park is free.

Booking is required for this activity.

Details

Duration: 8:00 PM, 28/08/2019 – 11:00 PM, 28/08/2019
Guide: Mike Jeffery
Start Location: Leeden Tor Car Park (SX561708)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: No

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 01647440755
Email: mike.jeffery.senior@gmail.com

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28/08/2019 | Snowdon and beyond! Strenuous walk

Walk overview

After a gentle stroll to Avon Dam we will continue up the Pupers Hill and beyond to Snowdon (not in Wales!). Continuing to the high point of Ryder’s Hill we will head south to Huntingdon Warren. Dropping down to cross the River Avon at the Clapper Bridge we will climb to Western White Barrow before returning via Eastern White Barrow and Brent Moor. We will be walking some rough moorland, possibly wet underfoot.

There is a £1 honesty box for parking at Shipley Bridge

Booking is required for this walk of 10 miles.

Details

Duration: 9:00 AM, 28/08/2019 – 2:00 PM, 28/08/2019
Guide: Phil Watson
Start Location: Shipley Bridge (SX680629)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance
Skill Level: Strenuous
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07766735275
Email: philynnwatson@gmail.com

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28/08/2019 | The Myths and Legends of Dartmoor Easy walk

Walk overview

How do you break the curse of the pixies?! Hear the spooky stories of this wild landscape. Suitable for families but only come if you dare!
This easy walk of three miles takes in some lanes, open moor and fields, The going can get wet in places.

Parking at Hound Tor is free. At peak times there’s an ice cream van.

Booking is required for this walk.

Details

Duration: 10:00 AM, 28/08/2019 – 1:00 PM, 27/08/2019
Guide: Debbie Jenkin
Start Location: Hound Tor (SX739792)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 01647 440053
Email: jenkin957@btinternet.com

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28/08/2019 | Hydro Turbine guided walk Moderate walk

Walk overview

Join this guided tour for a walk down to the Hydro Turbine where guides will tell you about its history, restoration and how it works. (The Hydro Turbine isn’t normally open to look inside). The walk down and back from the Hydro Turbine is 3 miles, strenuous in places and does include step sections.

Parking at Castle Drogo is free for National Trust members. Non members pay £2.00 for 2 hours or £4.00 all day.

Dogs are welcome on leads. However they are not permitted in the Turbine House but can be tied up outside.

Booking is required for this activity

Details

Duration: 10:30 AM, 28/08/2019 – 12:30 PM, 28/08/2019
Guide: National Trust
Start Location: Castle Drogo (Car Park) (SX725902)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 suggested donation to the National Trust Children (U16) – £5.00 suggested donation to the National Trust
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 01647 433306
Email: April.braund@nationaltrust.org.uk

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28/08/2019 | Hydro Turbine guided walk Moderate walk

Walk overview

Join this guided tour for a walk down to the Hydro Turbine where guides will tell you about its history, restoration and how it works. (The Hydro Turbine isn’t normally open to look inside). The 3 mile walk down and back from the Hydro Turbine is strenuous and does include step sections.

Parking at Castle Drogo. -National Trust members free. Non members can pay £2 for 2 hours or £4 for all day.

Dogs on leads are welcome. However, they can’t go into the Turbine House but they can be tied up outside.

Booking is required for this activity

Details

Duration: 2:00 PM, 28/08/2019 – 4:00 PM, 28/08/2019
Guide: National Trust
Start Location: Castle Drogo (Car Park) (SX725902)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 suggested donation to the National Trust Children (U16) – £5.00 suggested donation to the National Trust
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 01647 433306
Email: April.braund@nationaltrust.org.uk

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29/08/2019 | Accessible Walk – for Mobility Scooters around Bellever Forest. Moderate walk

Walk overview

A beautiful walk of about 8 miles from Postbridge through Bellever Forest to the river and the picturesque stone clapper bridge at Bellever via bronze age huts. While the main Forestry roads are wide and gravelled, some of the route is rough, boggy, grassy, muddy and rocky. There are some great viewpoints.

Booking is required for this activity.

For the disabled rambler this walk is considered mostly Category 2, but with occasional sections that are Category 3.

Take some change with you for the car park charge.

Details

Duration: 10:30 AM, 29/08/2019 – 3:00 PM, 29/08/2019
Guide: Refer to walk description for details of guide
Start Location: Postbridge (Outside visitor Centre) (SX647788)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – Free for carers and children under 16.
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07557330577
Email: dwilliamson55@hotmail.com

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29/08/2019 | The long range history of Dartmoor Easy walk

Walk overview

We all know what Dartmoor stone looks like. But what actually is it, why is it where it is, what has happened since the rock formed, and what evidence can be used to tell the story? Join us for a couple of hours’ gentle stroll around Burrator to have a look at a few of the pieces of evidence. Mostly we’ll be on even ground but we’ll probably pop up a tor or two.

Booking is required for this activity.

We’re going to be scrambling around rocks, so please wear sturdy footwear. At least one of the places we’ll be visiting is a SSSI, so please leave your geology hammers at home! If you’ve got hand lens / magnifying glass, they may prove useful!

Total distance no more than 3 miles.

Details

Duration: 1:00 PM, 29/08/2019 – 4:00 PM, 29/08/2019
Guide: John Bright
Start Location: Burrator Dam Quarry Car Park (SX549678)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – Free
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07704634695
Email: brighty749@gmail.com

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29/08/2019 | Evening walk from Cox Tor with Tavistock Ramblers Easy walk

Walk overview

This walk of about three and a half miles takes us to Grimstone & Sortridge leat, Heckwood Tor, Pew Tor, Feather Tor & Windy Post. The walk is largely over moorland open pathways.

Booking is required for this walk.

Details

Duration: 7:00 PM, 29/08/2019 – 8:30 PM, 29/08/2019
Guide: Tavistock Ramblers
Start Location: Cox Tor (SX530751)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 01822 615564, 07951 755858
Email: Rosemary.clarke@anderton39.co.uk

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29/08/2019 | Traverse Fox Tor Mire & visit Childe’s Tomb Moderate walk

Walk overview

Follow the guide across the treacherous mire & on to Fox Tor & Childe’s Tomb. Terrain is boggy in places otherwise firm going. This walk will be about 3 miles.

Booking is required for this walk.

Details

Duration: 10:30 AM, 29/08/2019 – 3:00 PM, 29/08/2019
Guide: Colin & Heather Ridgers
Start Location: Peat Cott (SX603707)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – Free
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07878198001
Email: heatherandcolin@yahoo.co.uk

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29/08/2019 | Holne Moor – land management and commoning. Moderate walk

Walk overview

Join Orlando Rutter, the Senior Education and Outreach Officer for the National Park for a 3 mile stroll on Holne Moor – one of the few areas of Dartmoor owned by the National Park Authority in which we will explore land management, commons and commoning and some of the challenges and opportunities.

A circular walk with moderate gradients, some steeper descents, in places may be wet underfoot – stout footwear essential.

Booking is required for this walk.

Details

Duration: 10:00 AM, 29/08/2019 – 1:00 PM, 29/08/2019
Guide: Refer to walk description for details of guide
Start Location: Venford West (SX686713)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to Donate for Dartmoor. Children (U16) – £5.00 donation to Donate for Dartmoor.
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: No

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 01626 831076
Email: orutter@dartmoor.gov.uk

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29/08/2019 | Walk & Wild Swim Moderate walk

Walk overview

Journey back in time by walking part of the old South Zeal-Hangingstone Hill peat merchants and tinners track that skirts dangerous Raybarrow Pool, visiting the Bronze Age Whitmoor stone circle with its magnificent 360 degree views, and impressive reconstructed triple stone row known as the Graveyard or Cemetery. Climbing up Cosdon Beacon for stunning views, we end our day with a refreshing swim at the beautiful Shilley Pool. For safety reasons this event is limited to those aged 16 and over. Total distance will be just under 6 miles.

Booking is required for this activity.

Details

Duration: 10:00 AM, 29/08/2019 – 4:00 PM, 29/08/2019
Guide: Emma Cunis
Start Location: Clannaborough Cross (SX659913)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – No under 16s.
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07817 329584
Email: info@dartmoorsdaughter.com

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30/08/2019 | Walk with a Dartmoor Ranger Strenuous walk

Walk overview

A chance to explore the area around Kennon Hill, Buttern, Watern & Wild Tors, taking in both well- known sites including Scorhill and Raybarrow Pool, and some perhaps lesser known parts of the Moor. Come and see some of the work experienced by the Dartmoor Ranger Service. Distance 7 miles. Uneven ground and steep in one area. Boggy in places. Some existing tracks will be used but these are uneven and can be wet and muddy. The exact route for the day will depend on the weather and visibility etc so come with an open mind and lots of questions for Ian !

Booking is required for this walk.

Details

Duration: 10:00 AM, 30/08/2019 – 3:30 PM, 30/08/2019
Guide: Ian Brooker
Start Location: Buttern Farm entrance (SX658896)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donations to Donate for Dartmoor Children (U16) – £5.00 donations to Donate for Dartmoor
Skill Level: Strenuous
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07720 509273
Email: ibrooker@dartmoor.gov.uk

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30/08/2019 | A Pile of Barrows Moderate walk

Walk overview

From Shipley Bridge a short road walk will take up to Diamond Lane which will take us up onto the Moors to Ball Gate. On this ‘Jobbers Path’ we can take a look at what is thought to be a Neolithic Burial Chamber (Long Barrow). A gentle stroll though a delightful shallow valley will lead to a reve that we follow up to Three Barrows. A visit to Petres Pits and Uncle Ab’s house will then lead to Bala Brook river valley. A climb up the other side will lead us past the Avon Filtration Station and back to the car park. Some rough moorland and possibly wet ground will be encountered on this walk of almost 6 miles.
Take some change with you for the car park charge.

Details

Duration: 9:00 AM, 30/08/2019 – 1:00 PM, 30/08/2019
Guide: Phil Watson
Start Location: Shipley Bridge (SX681629)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07766 735275
Email: philynnwatson@gmail.com

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30/08/2019 | Children’s discovery trail at Haytor Moderate walk

Walk overview

A guided walk/trail of approximately two and a half miles around the quarries and tramway at Haytor to include nature studies, industrial archaeology features, prehistoric sites and geology.

Booking is required for this activity.
Take some change with you for the car park charge.

Details

Duration: 2:00 PM, 30/08/2019 – 4:30 PM, 30/08/2019
Guide: Ian Johnstone
Start Location: Haytor (Lower) (SX765772)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07803 600754
Email: ir.johnstone@hotmail.co.uk

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30/08/2019 | Ryder’s Hill Relaxed Circular Walk Strenuous walk

Walk overview

Join Shona for a beautiful, relaxed and interesting all-day walk from Combestone Tor, taking in Nakers Hill, Green Hill, Red Lake China Clay Works, Huntingdon Warren (including the new clapper bridge),
Pupers Hill, Snowdon Cairns and Ryder’s Hill. Much of this walk of 11 miles is over uneven terrain and includes boggy areas, mine workings and areas of clitter as well as some tracks. A good level of
fitness, and confidence walking on open moor, is required for this gem of a walk.

There is limited parking available at Combestone Tor, so car sharing is advised if possible.

Booking is required for this walk.

Details

Duration: 9:30 AM, 30/08/2019 – 5:30 PM, 30/08/2019
Guide: Shona Ferryhough
Start Location: Combestone Tor (SX670717)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance
Skill Level: Strenuous
Dogs permitted: No

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07870 319022
Email: shona@forthewild.co.uk

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30/08/2019 | Accessible Walk – for Mobility scooters. ’Military Ring Road’ Okehampton Range. Moderate walk

Walk overview

A circular ramble of about 7 miles following the ‘Okehampton Military Ring Road’ into the heart of Dartmoor. There is one ford to cross so scooters need to be capable of driving through water. This road is part tarmac, part gravel some of it rocky and bumpy. This is an area used extensively by the military for training and there are several visual examples of this to be discovered. Some superb views across Dartmoor, from the highest part of the Moor.

For disabled ramblers, this walk has been appraised as category 3, requiring a tramper or equivalent.

Booking is required for this walk.

Details

Duration: 11:00 AM, 30/08/2019 – 4:00 PM, 30/08/2019
Guide: Andy Dunstan
Start Location: Row Tor Car Parking (SX596922)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – Free to carers and under 16s.
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07557 330577
Email: dwilliamson55@hotmail.com

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31/08/2019 | Accessible Walk – for Mobility Scooters alongside the River Avon. Easy walk

Walk overview

This guided walk of just under 5 miles will follow the River Avon upstream to the dam with beautiful views of the river and surrounding landscape and plenty of history to explore en route. A good quality tarmac surface all the way. Bring a picnic to enjoy at the end!

Booking is required for this activity.

This activity is rated as Category 1 – smooth tarmac and a gentle incline. For the able bodied the walk is classified as Easy.

Take some change with you for the car park charge.

Details

Duration: 10:00 AM, 31/08/2019 – 12:30 PM, 31/08/2019
Guide: Amanda Head
Start Location: Shipley Bridge (SX680629)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – Free to carers and children under 16
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07557 330577
Email: dwilliamson55@hotmail.com

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31/08/2019 | A walk to visit the famous pre-historic settlement of Grimspound Moderate walk

Walk overview

This walk of 4 miles will take us over Shapley Tor on the north end of Hameldown before dropping down to study this wonderful site. A few paths but mostly over heather moorland. Parking is available at the roadside on the B3212, about 4 miles outside Moretonhampstead on an S bend and after a cattle grid.

Booking is required for this walk

Details

Duration: 10:00 AM, 31/08/2019 – 1:00 PM, 31/08/2019
Guide: Debbie Jenkin
Start Location: Shapley Common (SX698835)
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – £5.00 donation to Devon Air Ambulance
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 01647 440053
Email: jenkin957@btinternet.com

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