Welcome to the Moors

Covering 368 square miles, Dartmoor is a place of beauty, mystery and diverse ecology. As well as still being home to thousands of people, it also contains ancient remains of settlements reaching back to prehistoric times. With a national park as large as Dartmoor with so much to learn and enjoy, you may prefer, as many visitors do, to walk the moors in the company of a knowledgeable guide who can explain the moorland in as much detail as you want. Our expert guides run a vast range of activities all across the moors and beyond. Join us and find out why the only way to really discover the real Dartmoor is to join the Moorland Guides on one of our walks.

Upcoming Activities

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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!).

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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.

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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.

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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

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. You can download the full programme below.

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Moorland Guides carry out walks for UK and international school students visiting from abroad. You can book from our range of group activities using our online form.