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29/05/2021 | Princetown Circuit – along Devonport Leat

There are currently a few places left on this walk which will be led by myself and Geri Skeens, another excellent guide. A pleasant walk taking in some historic features but with splendid views. From Princetown main car park we will set out along the old railway track. Once we reach the Head of the River Meavey we will leave the track to follow the river valley across the road and on to Hart Tor. Stone circles and rows will be our next port of call before crossing the now swelling Meavey to ascend Black Tor and find the logan (rocking) stone. Back down to cross the Meavey again via the aqueduct we will ascend the water course to level out and enjoy a flattish stroll along the Devonport Leat. We will make a short detour to visit Crazy Well Pool, not to be missed! Then back to the Leat to Older Bridge and up to Peat Cot where we will follow a path back to Princetown (not along the main bridleway!).


31/05/2021 | Explore a Rainforest!

Yes, we have rainforests on Dartmoor! Temperate rainforest is a rare habitat, rich in biodiversity. We visit one of Dartmoor’s upland oakwoods, Black-a-Tor Copse, lesser known than Wistman’s Wood, more remote and just as charming.

You will learn what makes these places so special and fragile, and consider some of the species they contain, from ferns that grow on tree branches to lichens and mosses that cover almost every surface. Each participant will receive a hand lens (new, packaged Covid-securely and yours to keep) – you’ll be amazed how much more you can see. You will learn the names of two or three species but the day is not so much about absorbing facts as appreciating this very special habitat.

The day involves walking approx. 6 miles, some of it on uneven ground, and a bit of clambering over boulders.

We will be a small group and keep our distance from each other as per government guidelines. If you develop Covid symptoms or need to self-isolate, we will offer you another date or a refund.


02/06/2021 | Navigation for Beginners

This course covers the basics of map and compass use, enabling you to begin to navigate safely and plan a route. Complete beginners are welcome, as is anyone with some experience who wishes to consolidate their skills. The walk will be entirely outdoors, covering a route of around 6 miles, learning and practising as we go.

We will be a small group and keep our distance from each other in accordance with government guidelines. If you develop Covid symptoms or need to self-isolate, we will offer you another date or a refund.

For further details contact the trainer, Geri Skeens.


06/06/2021 | Fur Tor via Tavy Cleave

Starting at Land end. Route via Tavy Cleave, River Tavy, Amicombe Brook, Fur Tor, Watern Oak and Ger Tor. 6-7 hours


11/06/2021 | Navigating on Open Moorland

This course is for anyone who has previously attended an introductory navigation course or knows the basics of map reading and can at least half-remember how to take a compass bearing. It will equip you to plan your own moorland routes and to start navigating on open moorland, on what can often seem like rather featureless terrain.

We will plan together a route of 7-8 miles on open moorland, taking into consideration the weather, the conditions and the ability of our group. We will revise the basics of map reading and compass use and practise these repeatedly. You will learn to look more carefully at gentle changes in the height of the land and other subtle features that may be all you have to navigate by at times. By the end of the day, you should feel a degree of competence to navigate on this terrain and be aware of your limits and of what you need to work on.

We will be a small group and keep our distance from each other in accordance with government guidelines. If you develop Covid symptoms or need to self-isolate, we will offer you another date or a refund.

For further details contact the trainer, Geri Skeens.


27/06/2021 | Whitehorse Hill WALK UNDER REVIEW DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE

A chance to visit Whitehorse Hill and Teignhead Farm on this 5 hour walk. Very wet under and hard going. Route via Grey Wethers, Teign head and Sittaford Tor. Starting for the car park at the far of Fernworthy Reservoir.
Please book by 6pm the day before. Pay by Paypal, Cheque or bank transfer.
Walk will only take place guidelines allow.


27/06/2021 | Whitehorse Hill

Meeting far end of Fernworthy Reservoir for a walk to Whitehorse Hill via Grey Wethers, Teigh Head and Sittaford Tor. Please by 6pm the day before.


27/06/2021 | Navigation for Beginners

This course covers the basics of map and compass use, enabling you to begin to navigate safely and plan a route. Complete beginners are welcome, as is anyone with some experience who wishes to consolidate their skills. The walk will be entirely outdoors, covering a route of around 6 miles, learning and practising as we go.

We will be a small group and keep our distance from each other in accordance with government guidelines. If you develop Covid symptoms or need to self-isolate, we will offer you another date or a refund.

For further details contact the trainer, Geri Skeens.


17/07/2021 | Navigating on Open Moorland

This course is for anyone who has previously attended an introductory navigation course or knows the basics of map reading and can at least half-remember how to take a compass bearing. It will equip you to plan your own moorland routes and to start navigating on open moorland, on what can often seem like rather featureless terrain.

We will plan together a route of 7-8 miles on open moorland, taking into consideration the weather, the conditions and the ability of our group. We will revise the basics of map reading and compass use and practise these repeatedly. You will learn to look more carefully at gentle changes in the height of the land and other subtle features that may be all you have to navigate by at times. By the end of the day, you should feel a degree of competence to navigate on this terrain and be aware of your limits and of what you need to work on.

We will be a small group and keep our distance from each other in accordance with government guidelines. If you develop Covid symptoms or need to self-isolate, we will offer you another date or a refund.

For further details contact the trainer, Geri Skeens.


27/08/2021 | Zoom Talk about the work of the Devon Air Ambulance on the eve of the festival

Join us on the Friday evening before the walking festival starts for an online zoom talk about the work of the Devon Air Ambulance by one of the charity speakers. The zoom link will be shared here nearer the day of the talk and there will be a waiting room system to let people in.


28/08/2021 | Whitehorse Hill Bronze Age Cist

A circular walk to the remote Bronze Age cist – a stone grave – recently excavated to reveal contents preserved in peat for millennia. The ground is uneven and boggy in places, with tussocky grass in others, and a couple of narrow streams, so a challenging walk, made worthwhile by the remote peatland beauty of Whitehorse Hill, by the prehistoric monuments we encounter en route, and if fine some stunning views across the North moors.


28/08/2021 | Nature fights back, Hawns & Dendles Waste

Join Tim Ferry on this walk which is restricted to 10 participants, and is aimed at people with an interest in rewilding. We will pass through ancient woodland, naturally regenerating woodland and scrub, lightly-grazed private moorland and more heavily-grazed common land and discuss the issues they present. Some rough underfoot conditions and steep slopes.


28/08/2021 | Zoom talk about Higher Uppacott with Ian Johnstone

Join Ian Johnstone for a talk about Higher Uppacott, the Schedule 1 status Dartmoor Long House owner by the National Park Authority


28/08/2021 | Military Manoeuvres – In Okehampton Battle Camp

Okehampton Battle Camp. Visit includes talk by Lt Col d’Apice, on road tour of Camp and visit to museum. For those take part in the afternoon walk, please bring a packed lunch.Please book by E Mail to tonyclark@dartmoortrust.org Further information Tel 07827 975751
IMPORTANT – You must give car details when booking and take photo identification to enter military premises


28/08/2021 | Military Manoeuvres – on Okehampton Battle Camp Training Area Ranges

Walking tour of Training Area describing how it was and is used by the military.
Tracks and uneven, tussock grass
Please book by E Mail to tonyclark@dartmoortrust.org
Further information Tel 07827 975751
IMPORTANT – You must give car details when booking and take photo identification to enter military premises
Meet at Okehampton Camp entrance, SX586932. Approach through Okehampton centre and follow signs up Station Road/Camp Road to EX20 1QP.
Dogs welcome but on leads near sheep.


28/08/2021 | River, forest and moor – classic Dartmoor – Wheeled accessible event

Guided walk beginning by the East Dart River and the ancient clapper bridge in Bellever Forest which then goes through the forest before heading out onto the moor near Laughter Tor. This walk is aimed at people using mobility scooters but all walkers welcome.
We will meet for all these accessible events at 1030am for an 11am start to give time for unloading trampers etc and preparations.
Walking grade medium Walking – level 2
Mobility scooters – category 3. Gravel forest paths with some inclines. Option to go up Laughter Tor which is steep and on rough grass paths


29/08/2021 | Sunday morning Manaton stroll

Join local guide Mike Jeffery for a Sunday morning stroll to a medieval village through lanes and across the moors. Park in the village car park and meet Mike by the Church nearby


29/08/2021 | Visit the White Tor Neolithic settlement with the National Park Archaeologist.

Meet Simon Dell and archaeologist Dr Lee Bray at Cox Tor Car Park at 10am and we will walk north to White Tor to visit and discuss the new interpretations and features of the Neolithic evidence there with Lee Bray, National Park archaeologist who recently surveyed the area. We will walk back for mid-afternoon via other historic sites on the way.


29/08/2021 | An accessible walk on the Wray Trail suitable for wheels

A gentle guided walk along part of the Wray Trail, looking at the natural world of rivers and woodland, and the human world of a railway and nature conservation. The trail is a mix of tarmac and hard gravel


29/08/2021 | Evening Zoom talk about the Mills of Dartmoor and environs

Join Dartmoor guide Mike Jeffery from Moretonhampstead for his virtual talk on the Mills of Dartmoor and beyond. I link to the talk will be here a little nearer the time.


30/08/2021 | Study of Hutholes – ruined Medieval settlement

Easy stroll to study the remains of the six houses that make this early medieval hamlet built on the site of an earlier Saxon settlement.
Part of a trio of Medieval tours


30/08/2021 | Zoom virtual talks about the long distance footpath The Two Moors Way

Join Simon Dell for an online illustrated talk showing his journey across Devon in the hot summer of 2014 from Wembury to Lynmouth following the two Moors Way over 5 days. A zoom link to the talk will be posted here nearer the time.


30/08/2021 | Accessible event for wheels – A walk through Dartmoor’s past, present and future

A guided walk from Challacombe Farm and the ruins of a mediaeval hamlet, past the remains of a tin mine to Soussons Forest. This route uses gravel
forest tracks and bumpy grassy paths. This walk is aimed at people using mobility scooters but all walkers welcome
Parking at Challacombe Farm PL20 6TD
Parking in field at Challacombe Farm. Free of charge. This is off the minor road that runs between the B3212 and Widdecombe
The wheeled difficulty level is level 3 and challenging


31/08/2021 | Belstone and Oke Tors walk

Via a cairn and stone circle to the boulder-littered Belstone Tors (we need to do a bit of clambering over the boulders here), on along a ridge to Oke Tor with fine views (weather permitting) and back beside the River Taw.


31/08/2021 | Lovely Lustleigh Cleave

A varied walk up Lustleigh Cleave through ancient woodland up on to Moorland with views over to the eastern edge of Dartmoor to an Iron Age fort, returning via the river Bovey valley to Lustleigh where there is an opportunity for refreshment !
River valley is shaded and can be damp and the path can be uneven, the Moorland section is largely on tracks but ground is uneven and it is exposed at the Iron Age hill fort. About 500m on a lane before rejoining footpath towards the end. Approximately 200m of height gained and lost en route.


31/08/2021 | A moorland night walk

A moorland night stroll to see the palace of the king of the pixies – although no guarentees of seeing him. Please bring a torch with you.


31/08/2021 | An accessible walkalong rail and moor from Clearbrook

A guided accessible walk on the old railway following the West Devon Way. It passes through wood and moorland to the Shaugh tunnel. This walk is on tarmac or hard gravel with gentle gradients.
Mobility scooters – Category 1. The railway track has hard gravel paths with a gentle gradient.


31/08/2021 | Cranmere Pool and Moorland Safety Walk

Join me for a wonderful walk to Cranmere Pool; the site of the original Dartmoor Letter Box.
We will also take in Fernworthy Forest, Teignhead Farm, Whitehorse Hill and Black Ridge peat pass en route, and the Sittaford recumbent and Grey
Whethers stone circles on our return.
During the day we will also discuss staying safe whilst enjoying the wild moor, and there will be ample opportunity to ask questions. There will be areas of boggy and uneven terrain.
Please wear robust footwear and bring waterproofs and food and drink for the day. For capable 16 yrs and older only. Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult. We will meet at the Fernworthy end of the road at Grid Ref SX 659 839
When booking please provide a brief outline of walking experience, Next of Kin details and relevant medical information (treated in strictest confidence).
£10 donation fee to be shared between Devon Air Ambulance and Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton


01/09/2021 | Dartmoor Belstone Blast

Join Chris for a highmoor Belstone Blast across road, track and oOpen Moorland. We will meet at the big free Belstone Car Park by Village Hall abd will be visiting Belsone Tors, Higher Tor, Taw Marsh the back into Belstone


01/09/2021 | A River Plym Flirtation

Starting from the Blackaton Cross car park near Cadover Bridge we will walk up to Great Trowelsworthy Tor with its wonderful views, then on to Plym Steps via Hen Tor. After crossing the River Plym we will ascend to Higher Hartor Tor before a lovely stroll down the greensward passing standing stones and menhirs to visit Dittsworthy Warren House, made famous in the film ‘The War Horse’. We will then head to Legis Tor before following the River to Cadover Bridge and back to the car park. This walk will cover rocky ground, tracks, open moorland and boggy areas and have one or two stream crossings.


01/09/2021 | Tour of Hound Tor ruined Medieval settlement

An opportunity to have a guided tour of the houses and barns that form this 13th. Century village. It will also include Hound Tor.
Part of a trio of Medieval tours


02/09/2021 | Morning Tour of Higher Uppacott – Medieval longhouse owned by DNPA

Final part of a trio of Medieval tours.
Special permission to offer two tours of this unique house with a DNPA guide.
Priority will be given to those coming on the Hutholes and Hound Tor walks in the festival.
Max 20 per tour
Parking at house. Signs in place TQ13 7PD SX 702728 Free of charge


02/09/2021 | Afternoon Tour of Higher Uppacott – Medieval longhouse owned by DNPA

Final part of a trio of Medieval tours.
Special permission to offer two tours of this unique house with a DNPA guide.
Priority will be given to those coming on the Hutholes and Hound Tor walks in the festival.
Max 20 per tour
Parking at house. Signs in place TQ13 7PD SX 702728 Free of charge


02/09/2021 | Walk & Wild Swim

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 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.

To Book: https://www.dartmoorsdaughter.com/group-walks-experiences/2021/sept/walk-wild-swim-dwf

For questions or further information
info@dartmoorsdaughter.com 07817 329584

Please note that bookings for the walk will be via the website where possible (to help with admin)
Dogs by arrangement only please.


02/09/2021 | Zoom talk “The Dartmoor Conchies” The story of the Conscientious Objectors during the Great War in Dartmoor Prison

Join Simon Dell for a zoom talk about his book “The Dartmoor Conchies” which looks at the Dartmoor Work Centre where these men who said “No” to war were held to do work n National Importance.

A link will be provided here for the talk nearer the date.


02/09/2021 | The River Teign and Iron Age fort

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. This walk is aimed at people using mobility scooters but all walkers welcome.
Park beside the road leading down to the Fingle Bridge Inn (EX6 6PW). Free of charge
The meeting point and start will be in the Fingle Woods Car Park area on the opposite side of the river to the Fingle Bridge Inn.
Grid ref: SX 743899
Walkers – level 2, uphill and downhill sections
Mobility scooters – Category 3, includes a 90m ascent and descent


03/09/2021 | Childrens’ Discovery Trail at Haytor

A guided walk/trail around the quarries and tramway to include nature studies, industrial archaeology features, prehistoric sites and geology


03/09/2021 | Ten Tors Ramble

Commencing at Four Winds Car Park, we will walk an anti-clockwise circular route visiting the following 10 Tors: Hollow, Rundlestone, Little Mis, Great Mis, Lynch, White, Cox, Roos, Great Staple and Mid Staple. This is a fairly tough walk and expect to cover ground that is rocky, boggy and steep in places, plus a river crossing thrown in for good measure


03/09/2021 | Princetown Evening Stroll

Join the Heart of Dartmoor Guides Ian Bishop and Steve Sharrock for a 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. Take a torch with you and dress warmly.
Park in the main Princetown Car Park, free after 6pn and all meet the guides at the Prince of Wales Hotel Carpark PL206QF
SX 589 735 (rear of pub in car park)
Ignore the map which suggests meeting outside of the Information Centre. Meet at the pub car park please.


03/09/2021 | River Bovey and Yarner Wood accessible event for wheels

A guided walk to explore the River Bovey and Yarner Wood. This is mostly on forest tracks but does include a steep hill. This walk is aimed at people using mobility scooters but all walkers welcome.
Parking at Pullabrook car park, located on south side of Drakaford bridge over River Bovey. TQ13 9SR. Free of charge. Pullabrook car park SX789 801
Walkers – level 2. Steep hill to go up and down
Mobility scooters – Category 3. Steep hill on gravel track to go up and down


04/09/2021 | Fur Tor Trek

Join me for a day trek to Fur Tor, one of the most remote areas of the moor. En route we will take in Beardown Tors, Lydford Tor, Devil Tor and Beardown Man standing stone and returning via Tavy Head and Conies Down. Uneven and boggy terrain will be encountered.
Please wear robust footwear and bring waterproofs and food and drink for the day. For capable 16 yrs and older only. Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult.
When booking please provide a brief outline of walking experience, Next of Kin details and relevant medical information (treated in strictest confidence).


04/09/2021 | Tavy Cleave Walk

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 lots of stories. Some uneven moorland


04/09/2021 | Circuit of Cosdon hill, stone row, stone circle and a wild swim in the Taw

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 ! Whether or not we do this clockwise or anti clockwise depends on the weather ! River valley is shaded and can be damp and the path can be uneven, the Moorland section is largely on tracks but ground is uneven and can be boggy and it is exposed on the summit of Cosdon hill. Return track to Belstone is paved with gravel and stones. A steep ascent to the summit of Cosdon hill and approximately 300m of height gained and lost en route.


04/09/2021 | The Granite Way and the Meldon viaduct – accessible event for wheels

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.
Walkers – level 1
Mobility scooters – Category 1. Route follows old railway line, on hard gravel and tarmac


04/09/2021 | Zoom talks with Simon Dell – The Georgian Improvers on Darmoor

Join Simon for our last zoom evening talk on a Dartmoor subject.
The zoom link will appear here nearer the date.
This is the story of those who tried to tame Dartmoor into a productive agricultural success, the road builders, the quarry workers and the famous Tomas Tyrwhitt, friend of George IV. The hardships and privations suffered by the common man at the behest of those who would control and manage the landscape were assigned to history in the great improvements during the 18th century.


05/09/2021 | Military Manoeuvres – In Okehampton Battle Camp

Okehampton Battle Camp. Visit includes talk by Lt Col d’Apice, on road tour of Camp and visit to museum. For those take part in the afternoon walk, please bring a packed lunch.Please book by E Mail to tonyclark@dartmoortrust.org Further information Tel 07827 975751
IMPORTANT – You must give car details when booking and take photo identification to enter military premises


05/09/2021 | Military Manoeuvres – on Okehampton Battle Camp Training Area Ranges

Walking tour of Training Area describing how it was and is used by the military.
Tracks and uneven, tussock grass
Please book by E Mail to tonyclark@dartmoortrust.org
Further information Tel 07827 975751
IMPORTANT – You must give car details when booking and take photo identification to enter military premises
Meet at Okehampton Camp entrance, SX586932. Approach through Okehampton centre and follow signs up Station Road/Camp Road to EX20 1QP.
Dogs welcome but on leads near sheep.


05/09/2021 | Ten Tors Taster Walk

Join Ten Tors Team Manager and trainer Shona Fernyhough for a challenging 12 mile walk exploring a taste of the Ten Tors challenge. We will be visiting a number of the Northern-most checkpoints in the challenge, including the start
and finish point and the highest point in the South West of England. Please wear robust footwear and bring waterproofs and food and drink for the day.
Shona is a great advocate of the many benefits of wilderness adventure. She greatly enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and love for the moor.

For capable 16 yrs and older only. Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult.
When booking please provide a brief outline of walking experience, Next of Kin details and relevant medical information (treated in strictest confidence).