Tony Burges was born and bred in Devon and his passion for Dartmoor was inspired while he went through his training as a Royal Marine on the moors. He was always a keen sportsman and indeed was Captain of the 1st eleven as well as the hockey and rugby teams while at Allhallows School for boys. While serving in the Royal Marines he went on to represent both the Royal Marines and also the Royal Navy at hockey and was selected to play for the combined services hockey team.
Upon leaving the Royal Marines Tony took over the family business and developed it into a limited company of three businesses which he ran for over 35 years. He has also served on Seaton Town Council and indeed still plays cricket as well as hockey for both Sidmouth and Devon County.
His passion for Dartmoor stayed with him and he qualified as a Mountain and Moorland Walking leader and became a Dartmoor National Park Guide. This has taken him as a walks leader for a variety of companies covering Wales, The Lake District, The Peak District, Isle of Wight, New Forest, Cornwall and around the Jurassic Coast – a World Heritage Site. He also served as an Exmoor National Park Guide for many years and at present takes groups walking and on coach tours where he provides commentaries.
Amongst his other interests he includes photography and presenting illustrated talks around the county of Devon with subjects ranging from Dartmoor to the Jurassic Coast as well as the history of Exeter amongst others.
His interest in history led him to become an Exeter Red Coat Guide – giving tours of the historic capital city of Devon and he has also been a guide for the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth