Upcoming Walks & Events
Celebrate 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. 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 for early breakfast at Gidleigh Village Hall so that we can park our cars here, gather early, and have full bellies before setting off in the morning.
Walk from sunset to sunrise with Dartmoor’s Daughter and Tony Whitehead to experience the extraordinary soundscape that is Dartmoor.
Some of you will love the dark, some may fear it. Join our small group for a slow and safe meander up tors, down valleys, and along riverbanks with plenty of 'sit spots' along the way to drink it all in.
As well as stunning vistas and changing sun-and-moon-light, we hope to hear, and possibly see, churring nightjars, tawny owls, skylarks (they sometimes sing at night), buzzard, blackbird, song thrush, mistlethrush, meadow pipit, stone chat, linnet, yellowhammer, great spotted woodpecker, raven, jay, blackcap, and, if we’re lucky, a curlew.
Empower yourself to walk off the beaten track. Build confidence to explore new places. Learn map and compass skills in an experiential and practical way. We will also discover other ways to feel your way through the landscape e.g.: natural navigation.
Recent participants said 'Brilliant day practising navigation skills - map reading, taking bearings and pacing distances to hidden features, then picking the best routes across the open moor. The day was lead in a very friendly and welcoming way with lots of information shared and the opportunity to learn in a non-pressured environment.'
Join us to discover the hidden gems of Dartmoor. You will walk ancient tracks; be regaled with stories by local people of local people and history; and be driven between destinations in a luxury or vintage Landrover.
Tich Scott is a 14th generation Dartmoor farmer who runs 'Proper Dartmoor Tours'. He is an award-winning local dialect speaker, has been on BBC Spotlight several times, and knows everyone there is to know as one of Devon’s best loved comedians, story-tellers, and folk singers!
Unlock the ancient skill of sensing direction from stars and plants. Forecast weather from woodland sounds. And predict the next action of an animal from its body language. Build your outdoor awareness and expert intuition by noticing certain patterns, signs and clues. This practical, outdoors walking workshop will help you to learn the keys to your ‘sixth sense’.
'I promise you will feel more in tune with the world around after...Wild Signs and Star Paths’ Royal Institute of Navigation
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What people are saying...
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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