Upcoming Walks & Events
Bring your children on a fascinating meander through ancient and modern history. We will walk through the ruins of Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements and ritual complexes (stone circle, rows, and a standing stone) to explore how people lived 4-5,000 years ago. And we will sit together in nearby hut circles to make a clay pinch pot like our Neolithic ancestors may have done or a simple woven bracelet made from Dartmoor sheep wool.
Join us for a privately organised visit to the Bones Cave in Buckfastleigh where there is one of the most important and extensive deposit of bones of animals which lived on Dartmoor during the Last Interglacial Period of about 125,000 years ago.
Want a confidence boost to explore new places? Memories of how to use a map and compass faded?
Join us to visit a Dartmoor that's off the beaten track, and a day to help regain your confidence to visit places you've never been to before. Providing a reminder of how to use a map and compass as well as an opportunity to to discover other ways to feel your way through the landscape e.g.: natural navigation (feeling and seeing the landscape). Experience how to always know where you are and how to get to where you'd like to be, whatever the weather.
You'll be walking with others of similar ability and led by Verran Townsend, qualified walking guide and navigator who along with 'Dartmoor's Daughter', loves to encourage and enable others to experience the wildness and beauty of Dartmoor.
Join us for a storytelling walk where we will discover some of the flowers special to Dartmoor meadows, and hear stories about plants that we find along the way. Expect tales from across Britain that inspire, provoke curiosity and explore the connections between people and nature.
With beautiful views of Holne Moor to the west, and set high at 1,200 feet, the field supports a stunning profusion of wildflowers and grasses in the summer, with four kinds of orchid reaching their peak in mid-June - Southern Marsh, Greater Butterfly, Heath Spotted, and Twayblade. Part of a larger group of small fields that make up a County Wildlife Site, the field has had no applications of agricultural chemicals for a generation and has been managed for wildlife and biodiversity for several years.
Ralph Mackridge and Jill Millar are custodians of this wildflower meadow. And in return for us walking through and exploring their beautiful field, they have asked us for an hour's volunteering time clearing bracken. Hopefully you'll agree that this is a worthwhile endeavour and helps us to offer something back to Ralph, Jill, and the ecology of Dartmoor.
Lisa Schneidau is a a storyteller and environmentalist based on Dartmoor. Having worked in nature conservation for 20 years, Lisa currently works with the Devon Wildlife Trust managing and developing landscape scale conservation programmes in north Devon. Lisa has been collecting and telling folk tales about plants for a forthcoming book. Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland is a story journey through the growing year, with folk tales of the land and the wild trees and plants that surround us through the seasons, in countryside, town and city. It will be published by the History Press in spring 2018. You can find out more about Lisa’s work at www.lisaschneidau.co.uk
Dartmoor’s Daughter creates walks & nature-connection experiences to transform health, wellbeing, and performance. As a professional guide and facilitator, Emma Cunis is a qualified Hill & Moorland Leader (HML) with the requisite Outdoor First Aid certificate, and has a background in global business. Her maternal family has loved Dartmoor for generations. Her grandmother introduced her first husband Eric Hemery to Dartmoor in the 1950s where he set up and offered guided walks and pony treks then wrote a series of well regarded books including ‘High Dartmoor’ described as 'the bible for anyone who has the spirit of Dartmoor'.
Celebate the Summer Solstice and Midsummer by walking through an ancient and ritual landscape on Dartmoor. Our intention is to engage and reconnect with the landscape - past, present, and future. And to share the ancient art of conversation and storytelling around a fire together on a starlit night.
We have chosen to walk through 8 stone circles, several stone rows, megaliths and monoliths on an auspicious day near the Summer Solstice as well as Midsummer. Let's gather to honour these places, the time of year, each other, and this wild and ancient landscape that has brought succour to thousands of men, women, children and animals throughout the centuries.
You are also invited to share a meal together and camp in the grounds of Gidleigh Village Hall the evening before we walk so that we are rested and ready for our walk together after breakfast in the morning.
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Ah wow...today certainly lived up to all I thought it would deliver, such a lovely, well thought out and educational day. The children absolutely loved it and raved about it all the way home. Save to say we'll be doing this again. Fantastic value for money.
Thank you so much Emma and Pip xxx
Thank you Emma, the dowsing earth energies day was great fun. So many techniques to learn, great teachers in Sally and Gwyn plus everyone was so open to talk and share their experiences.
We dowsed for water, Scorhill stone circle, the Toleman Stone, a hut circle and finally a cairn.
A hugely enjoyable and educational day out on the moor.
I attended a Fungi Foray, at the steward community woods. An inspiring talk by an expert, he identified fungi from my farm, which I can now eat with confidence ..We learnt about Fungi, in a way that has inspired me. Thank you so much for arranging this.x
I had such a beautiful day out on the 'Dowsing for Earths Energies' walk, where I met some welcoming and inspiring people who humbly shared their knowledge and wisdom. Thank you so much Emma and everyone who shared the day :)Would recommend going on one of Emma's many and varied walks to anyone!!x
What a fab time dowsing on Dartmoor. Wonderful autumn day spent amongst great people, amazing scenery and ancient stone remains. Emma is a beautiful host whose cheerful warmth and calming nature draws everyone together. A real hands on day where I learnt so much without being bombarded. A memorable day on so many levels, heartfelt thanks. Looking forward to the next time.
Emma and Verran were fantastic leaders and facilitators. In just three hours, I learnt the basics of using a compass and how to work out where I might be in - in the middle of windy Dartmoor. It was a great morning and I definitely want to do more, on the moor! Thanks to you both x
I went on a full moon walk and story event. Just waw! We listened to a beautiful story as we watched the moon rise above the hill. We then sang and those with drums played them to the moon. Several people came along in pairs, but a lot of people came on their own. We all talked amongst each other happily and shared our food and just had a beautiful, relaxing evening/night that was so magical. Definitely worth going to these events! Definitely going to more!
Big thumbs up to Emma and Verran for their map reading and navigation day on Dartmoor. Been wanting to do this for years and if I had known how much I would learn in bit size pieces in one day I would have done it much sooner! Loved every minute, and really appreciated how Verran and Emma set out the teaching so that everyone could learn piece by piece using the teachings in a practical way as a group throughout the day.
Lovely morning spent roaming beautiful Hound Tor with my kids on the Tails, Trails and Tales day. Emma was engaging and knowledgeable, the session had obviously been well planned and the kids loved it! Highly recommended but remember to bring a packed lunchxx
Spent a lovely day with Emma dowsing for energy lines, water courses and what ever else we wanted to find out about on Dartmoor. Cannot wait to go out again with Emma to learn more about stunning Dartmoor. Made some lovely new friends too- what a way to spend a day! great day thanks Emma and your lovely Mum xxx
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