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.
26/08/2020 | Hydro Turbine guided tour Moderate walk

Walk overview

Join this guided walk with knowledgeable tour guides who will lead you from Fingle Bridge to the Hydro Turbine on the River Teign and tell you about its history and how it works. (The tour is over very steep and uneven ground. The timings are estimates and the tour might last longer.)

Fingle bridge will only cope with moderate width cars to go over to the car park. Some drivers with wider cars may prefer to park before you reach the bridge and walk over to the walk start meeting point on the other side of the bridge from the Pub.

If you are bringing a dog on this walk you are responsible to ensure you comply with the National Park byelaws by having your dog under close control at all times. The guide reserves the right to ask you to put your dog on a lead if felt necessary.

Details

Duration: 10:30 AM, 26/08/2020 – 12:30 PM, 26/08/2020
Guide: National Trust
Start Location: Fingle Bridge (SX743900)
Distance (Approx): 2 miles
Cost: Adults – £5 donation to the National Trust Children (U16) – £5 donation to the National Trust. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: Rebecca Glover (Drogo Visitor Experience Manager) 01647 433306
Email: Rebecca.glover@nationaltrust.org.uk

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26/08/2020 | Hydro Turbine guided tour Moderate walk

Walk overview

Join this guided walk with knowledgeable tour guides who will lead you from Fingle Bridge to the Hydro Turbine on the River Teign and tell you about its history and how it works. (The tour is over very steep and uneven ground. The timings are estimates and the tour might last longer.)

Fingle bridge will only cope with moderate width cars to go over to the car park. Some drivers with wider cars may prefer to park before you reach the bridge and walk over to the walk start meeting point on the other side of the bridge from the Pub.

If you are bringing a dog on this walk you are responsible to ensure you comply with the National Park byelaws by having your dog under close control at all times. The guide reserves the right to ask you to put your dog on a lead if felt necessary.

Details

Duration: 2:00 PM, 26/08/2020 – 4:00 PM, 26/08/2020
Guide: National Trust
Start Location: Fingle Bridge (SX743900)
Distance (Approx): 2 miles
Cost: Adults – £5 donation to the National Trust Children (U16) – Under 16s free. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: Rebecca Glover (Drogo Visitor Experience Manager)01647 433306
Email: Rebecca.glover@nationaltrust.org.uk

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26/08/2020 | Tour of Hound Tor ruined Medieval settlement Easy walk

Walk overview

An opportunity to have a guided tour of the houses and barns that form this 13th century village.
Our walk will also include exploring Hound Tor itself.
The route is easy over open moorland via the granite strewn tor and includes a steep hill.
Part of a trio of medieval tours.
If you are bringing a dog on this walk you are responsible to ensure you comply with the National Park byelaws by having your dog under close control at all times. The guide reserves the right to ask you to put your dog on a lead if felt necessary.

Details

Duration: 2:00 PM, 26/08/2020 – 4:00 PM, 26/08/2020
Guide: Ian Johnstone
Start Location: Hound Tor (SX740793)
Distance (Approx): 1 miles
Cost: Adults – £5 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – Free for under 16s. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Skill Level: Easy
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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26/08/2020 | Dartmoor Belstone Blast Moderate walk

Walk overview

We will ascend to Belstone and Higher Tors with stunning views in all directions from the ridge before dropping down to the beautiful Taw valley for our return to Belstone village where well-earned refreshments are available. The total distance is about 6 kms (3.5 miles approx)

If you are bringing a dog on this walk you are responsible to ensure you comply with the National Park byelaws by having your dog under close control at all times. The guide reserves the right to ask you to put your dog on a lead if felt necessary.

Details

Duration: 10:00 AM, 26/08/2020 – 1:00 PM, 26/08/2020
Guide: Chris Bourne
Start Location: Belstone (SX 621938.)
Distance (Approx):
Cost: Adults – £5 donation to Pilgrim Bandits Charity Children (U16) – Free for under 16s. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07974 412326
Email: chris@pegasusoutdoorventures.co.uk

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26/08/2020 | Rings, Tors, Woods and Bridges around Bellever Moderate walk

Walk overview

Join Lynda Williams from Tavistock Ramblers for a walk from Postbridge through Bellever Woods to the Kraps Ring and Lakehead ancient settlements, up to Bellever Tor with its dramatic views and on to Huccaby Ring and Tor, then Laughter Tor before returning via Bellever bridge and the iconic Postbridge clapper bridge.

If you are bringing a dog on this walk you are responsible to ensure you comply with the National Park byelaws by having your dog under close control at all times. The guide reserves the right to ask you to put your dog on a lead if felt necessary.

Details

Duration: 10:00 AM, 26/08/2020 – 3:00 PM, 26/08/2020
Guide: Refer to walk description for details of guide
Start Location: Postbridge (Outside visitor Centre) (SX 646 788)
Distance (Approx): 8 miles
Cost: Adults – Free but Donations for Devon Air Ambulance Welcomed Children (U16) – Free but Donations for Devon Air Ambulance Welcomed. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07710 969491 & 01882 852468
Email: Lynwilliams7@msn.com

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26/08/2020 | Devon Air Ambulance evening talk and presentation at Drake’s Cafe, Grenofen Easy walk

Walk overview

Come and join us for an evening at Drake’s Cafe at Grenofen (formerly known as The Halfway House Pub) when one of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust volunteer speakers will be doing a presentation on the work of the Devon Air Ambulance for us to compliment the week’s activities and walks. Space is limited to about 30 so best to reserve seats by emailing Simon on simondell1958@yahoo.co.uk Postcode for Drake’s Cafe is Grenofen, Tavistock PL19 9ER

Details

Duration: 7:30 PM, 26/08/2020 – 9:00 PM, 26/08/2020
Guide: Simon Dell
Start Location: Drakes Cafe, Grenofen, Tavistock (SX 493 715)
Distance (Approx): 0 miles
Cost: Adults – Donations to Air Ambulance on the night Children (U16) – Donation on the night for under 16s. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs permitted: No

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07846 176870
Email: simondell1958@yahoo.co.uk

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27/08/2020 | A Stroll to the Beacon Easy walk

Walk overview

This gentle walk will be over open but easy moorland with some inclines but nothing too strenuous. The aim is to reach Buckland Beacon and see the famous Ten Commandments Stones carved nearly a hundred years ago. Why and by whom? Come and find out!
If you are bringing a dog on this walk you are responsible to ensure you comply with the National Park byelaws by having your dog under close control at all times. The guide reserves the right to ask you to put your dog on a lead if felt necessary.

Details

Duration: 10:00 AM, 27/08/2020 – 12:00 PM, 27/08/2020
Guide: Debbie Jenkin
Start Location: Cold East Cross (SX740742)
Distance (Approx): 2.5 miles
Cost: Adults – £5 donation to the Friends of St. John’s Church, North Bovey Children (U16) – Free for under 16s. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
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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27/08/2020 | The River Teign and Iron Age fort Strenuous walk

Walk overview

This walk is aimed at people using mobility scooters but all walkers welcome.
This walk follows the Teign river before going up a steep hill to the Iron Age fort from where there are spectacular views along the valley. The path then descends and the rest of the walk is flat alongside the river. The path has a gravel surface.
For mobility scooters this walk is Category 3; it includes a 90m ascent and descent.

If you are bringing a dog on this walk you are responsible to ensure you comply with the National Park byelaws by having your dog under close control at all times. The guide reserves the right to ask you to put your dog on a lead if felt necessary.

Details

Duration: 10:30 AM, 27/08/2020 – 3:30 PM, 27/08/2020
Guide: Dawn Williamson
Start Location: Fingle Woods Car Park (SX743899)
Distance (Approx): 6 miles
Cost: Adults – Any donation to Devon Air Ambulance appreciated Children (U16) – Any donation to Devon Air Ambulance appreciated. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Skill Level: Strenuous
Dogs permitted: Yes

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

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27/08/2020 | Tour of Higher Uppacott – Medieval longhouse owned by Dartmoor National Park Authority Easy walk

Walk overview

Final part of a trio of Medieval tours.
Special permission to offer two tours of this unique house with a Dartmoor National Park guide.
Maximum 20 per tour; priority will be given to those coming on the Hutholes and Hound Tor walks in the festival.
Meet at the house; the guide will show you where to park.
Uneven floors; narrow stairs.

Details

Duration: 10:30 AM, 27/08/2020 – 12:00 PM, 27/08/2020
Guide: Ian Johnstone
Start Location: Higher Uppacott, Poundsgate (SX702728)
Distance (Approx): 0 miles
Cost: Adults – £6 to Donate for Dartmoor Children (U16) – Free for under 16s. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs permitted: No

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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27/08/2020 | Tour of Higher Uppacott – Medieval longhouse owned by Dartmoor National Park Authority Easy walk

Walk overview

Final part of a trio of Medieval tours.
Special permission to offer two tours of this unique house with a Dartmoor National Park guide.
Maximum 20 per tour; priority will be given to those coming on the Hutholes and Hound Tor walks in the festival.
Meet at the house; the guide will show you where to park.
Uneven floors; narrow stairs.

Details

Duration: 2:00 PM, 27/08/2020 – 3:30 PM, 27/08/2020
Guide: Ian Johnstone
Start Location: Higher Uppacott, Poundsgate (SX702728)
Distance (Approx): 0 miles
Cost: Adults – £6 to Donate for Dartmoor Children (U16) – Free for under 16s. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs permitted: No

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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27/08/2020 | Wigford Down Antiquities and Dewerstone Rock Easy walk

Walk overview

Join Rosemary Clarke of Tavistock Ramblers for a walk from Cadover Bridge across Wigford Down to view the antiquities around Dewerstone Rock with splendid 360 degree views both inland and across Plymouth. Open moor and tracks.
The start point is not the big main Cadover Bridge car park. Instead go over the bridge north towards Yelverton and past the cottage in the trees on the left; then the car park is on the left just up the hill.

If you are bringing a dog on this walk you are responsible to ensure you comply with the National Park byelaws by having your dog under close control at all times. The guide reserves the right to ask you to put your dog on a lead if felt necessary.

Details

Duration: 7:00 PM, 27/08/2020 – 8:30 PM, 27/08/2020
Guide: Refer to walk description for details of guide
Start Location: Cadover Bridge (SX554648)
Distance (Approx): 3 miles
Cost: Adults – Free but donations to Devon Air Ambulance welcome Children (U16) – Free but donations to Devon Air Ambulance welcome. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs permitted: Yes

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

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27/08/2020 | 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.
Book via https://www.dartmoorsdaughter.com/group-walks-experiences/2020/aug/walk-wild-swim-dwf

If you are bringing a dog on this walk you are responsible to ensure you comply with the National Park byelaws by having your dog under close control at all times. The guide reserves the right to ask you to put your dog on a lead if felt necessary.

Details

Duration: 10:00 AM, 27/08/2020 – 4:00 PM, 27/08/2020
Guide: Emma Cunis
Start Location: Clannaborough Cross (SX659913)
Distance (Approx): 5.5 miles
Cost: Adults – £10 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – Not suitable for Under 18s.
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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28/08/2020 | River Bovey and Yarner Wood Strenuous walk

Walk overview

This walk is aimed at people using mobility scooters but all walkers welcome.
A guided walk to explore the River Bovey and Yarner Wood which is mostly on forest tracks but does include a steep hill. For users of mobility scooters this activity is considered to be Category 3. There is a steep hill on a gravel track to go up and down.
If you are bringing a dog on this walk you are responsible to ensure you comply with the National Park byelaws by having your dog under close control at all times. The guide reserves the right to ask you to put your dog on a lead if felt necessary.

Details

Duration: 10:30 AM, 28/08/2020 – 3:30 PM, 28/08/2020
Guide: Dawn Williamson
Start Location: Drakeford Bridge (Pullabrook Car park, Bovey Valley Woods) (SX789801)
Distance (Approx): 6 miles
Cost: Adults – Any donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – Any donation to Devon Air Ambulance appreciated. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Skill Level: Strenuous
Dogs permitted: Yes

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

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28/08/2020 | Princetown Evening Stroll Moderate walk

Walk overview

Come along to join Heart of Dartmoor Guided Walks leaders Ian Bishop and Steve Sharrock. We will meet in the rear car park of the Prince of Wales Pub in Princetown. We will stroll around a few tors following tracks and some open moorland taking in a bit of history and to appreciate the low levels of light pollution to be found around the locality. Bring a torch or head-torch and warm clothing even though it is August. The walk information shows meeting outside of the Visitor Centre in the square but come and meet us all in the car park at the rear of the Prince of Wales to start the stroll. Park in the main village car park which is free after 6pm.

If you are bringing a dog on this walk you are responsible to ensure you comply with the National Park byelaws by having your dog under close control at all times. The guide reserves the right to ask you to put your dog on a lead if felt necessary.

Details

Duration: 7:00 PM, 28/08/2020 – 10:00 PM, 28/08/2020
Guide: Refer to walk description for details of guide
Start Location: Princetown (Outside Visitor Centre) (SX 589 735)
Distance (Approx): 7 miles
Cost: Adults – £5 donation to Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – Free for under 16s. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: 07809 486512
Email: heartofdartmoor@gmail.com

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28/08/2020 | Childrens’ discovery trail at Haytor Moderate walk

Walk overview

A guided walk/trail around the quarries and tramway to include nature studies, industrial archaeology features, prehistoric sites and geology. Meet outside Haytor Visitor Centre.

If you are bringing a dog on this walk you are responsible to ensure you comply with the National Park byelaws by having your dog under close control at all times. The guide reserves the right to ask you to put your dog on a lead if felt necessary.

Details

Duration: 2:00 PM, 28/08/2020 – 4:30 PM, 28/08/2020
Guide: Ian Johnstone
Start Location: Haytor (Lower) (SX 765771)
Distance (Approx): 2.5 miles
Cost: Adults – £5 donation to Devon Air Ambulance……………….. Children (U16) – Free to Under 16s. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
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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28/08/2020 | Walk with a Dartmoor Ranger Strenuous walk

Walk overview

A chance to explore this area of Dartmoor, taking in both well-known sites as well as less familiar parts of the Moor. Come and see some of the work undertaken by the Dartmoor Ranger Service.
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.

If you are bringing a dog on this walk you are responsible to ensure you comply with the National Park byelaws by having your dog under close control at all times. The guide reserves the right to ask you to put your dog on a lead if felt necessary.

Details

Duration: 10:00 AM, 28/08/2020 – 3:30 PM, 28/08/2020
Guide: Ian Brooker
Start Location: Buttern Farm entrance (SX658895)
Distance (Approx): 7 miles
Cost: Adults – £10 Donation to Donate for Dartmoor Fund Children (U16) – Under 16s free. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
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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29/08/2020 | Ten Tors Plus from High Down Strenuous walk

Walk overview

Guided by Paul Brookes from Tavistock Ramblers. Walk ten and a bit tors starting with Doe Tor, Hare Tor, across to Great Links, Arms Tor and finishing with Brat Tor. Open moorland with ups and downs, some uneven and boggy terrain plus tracks and paths.

If you are bringing a dog on this walk you are responsible to ensure you comply with the National Park byelaws by having your dog under close control at all times. The guide reserves the right to ask you to put your dog on a lead if felt necessary.

Details

Duration: 10:00 AM, 29/08/2020 – 3:30 PM, 29/08/2020
Guide: Refer to walk description for details of guide
Start Location: Lydford High Down (SX526855)
Distance (Approx): 9 miles
Cost: Adults – Free but Donations to Devon Air Ambulance welcome Children (U16) – Free but Donations to Devon Air Ambulance welcome. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Skill Level: Strenuous
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: Paul Brookes 01822 820597/07969 592779
Email: paul@burleyview.co.uk

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29/08/2020 | Cosdon Hill Circuit including a wild swim Moderate walk

Walk overview

Join Sue Perry on a varied walk through the beautiful Belstone Cleave up on to wild moorland and Cosdon Hill via a triple stone row and stone circle, then down to the Taw valley and a swim before returning to Belstone where there is an opportunity for refreshment.
The path in the river valley is uneven in places and can be damp; the Moorland section is largely on tracks but can be boggy and is exposed on the summit of Cosdon Hill. The return track to Belstone is paved with gravel and stones. We’ll have a steep ascent to the summit of Cosdon Hill with around 300 metres of height gained and lost en route.

If you are bringing a dog on this walk you are responsible to ensure you comply with the National Park byelaws by having your dog under close control at all times. The guide reserves the right to ask you to put your dog on a lead if felt necessary.

Details

Duration: 10:00 AM, 29/08/2020 – 3:30 PM, 29/08/2020
Guide: Refer to walk description for details of guide
Start Location: Belstone (SX622937)
Distance (Approx): 7.5 miles
Cost: Adults – £10.00 donation to the Devon Air Ambulance Children (U16) – Free for under 16s. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: Yes

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: Sue Perry 07972 048194
Email: suedianaperry@yahoo.co.uk

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29/08/2020 | The Granite Way and the Meldon Viaduct Easy walk

Walk overview

This walk is aimed at people using mobility scooters but all walkers welcome.
A guided walk along the Granite Way from Sourton, over the Meldon Viaduct to the old Meldon Station. There are great views to the high Moor. For users of mobility scooters this activity is considered to be Category 1. The route follows the old railway line and is tarmac or firm gravel throughout.
If you are bringing a dog on this walk you are responsible to ensure you comply with the National Park byelaws by having your dog under close control at all times. The guide reserves the right to ask you to put your dog on a lead if felt necessary.

Details

Duration: 10:30 AM, 29/08/2020 – 2:00 PM, 29/08/2020
Guide: Andy Dunstan
Start Location: Pump & Pedal, Sourton (SX546917)
Distance (Approx): 3 miles
Cost: Adults – Donations welcomed. Children (U16) – Free for under 16s. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs permitted: Yes

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

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29/08/2020 | Tavy Cleave Walk Moderate walk

Walk overview

A walk discovering the ancient Lichway, including a footbridge and stepping stones over the Tavy. Learn the history of a centuries old Dartmoor farm now used by the Army, walk up above Tavy Cleave to look at one of the biggest and best preserved Bronze Age villages, and hear lots of Dartmoor stories. Some uneven moorland.

Details

Duration: 2:00 PM, 29/08/2020 – 5:00 PM, 29/08/2020
Guide: Richard Ware
Start Location: Lane End (Wilsworthy) (SX537824)
Distance (Approx): 4 miles
Cost: Adults – £5.00 donation to the Air Ambulance. Children (U16) – Free for under 16s. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Skill Level: Moderate
Dogs permitted: No

Booking
Booking is required for this walk. For further information, contact your guide using the details below.
Telephone: Richard Ware/07885 251606
Email: rware1@icloud.com

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