Upcoming Walks & Events
Dartmoor ponies were used as pack animals for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. In modern times and for various reasons, their numbers have dwindled to such an extent that they are at risk of disappearing from their native moor.
Inspired by 'Walking Dartmoor's Ancient Tracks' by Eric Hemery, Sam Goodwin has been single-handedly training ponies to carry packs. Giving people the opportunity to step literally into the past and experience Dartmoor and its distinctive breed in a unique and authentic way.
Emma Cunis of Dartmoor's Daughter creates walks and nature-connection experiences to invite people into a deeper sense of connection with our bodies, community, and the natural world. Her maternal family has lived and 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'.
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!
Pi Society & Dartmoor’s Daughter have again joined forces to invite you for a stunning walking experience on Dartmoor. Walking together with other single outdoors-lovers, we will walk from Pork Hill car park past the wheelwright’s stone and old blacksmith’s shop over to Windypost Cross which was a way-marker on the old Jobbers’ Road. Nearby there is a bull’s eye stone which was a typical method of controlling leat water supplies. From here we’ll walk on to Feather Tor and the grand ‘court’ of Pew Tor - the reputed home of the King of the Piskies where you’ll hear what not to do if you want to keep the little people happy! With stunning views all around, we will walk past the famous Vixen Tor with its legendary witch and head back to our cars for a quick journey into Princetown for a pub lunch.
A fun and interesting way of connecting children of all ages to the beautiful Dartmoor landscape as well as meeting other children and burning off lots of energy!
What: Children will be provided with a picture list of things to find and tick off (animals and birds; flora and fauna; objects in the landscape; etc). Plus there are rocks to climb, granite tramlines to follow, and many letterboxes/geocaching to find...
Who: This event is aimed at children between the ages of 5-11 years old. There is some flexibility depending on the pace and energy of your child, so please get in touch if you think this would be suitable.
All children must be accompanied by an adult. And you are encouraged to help out!
Join us for a guided walk and talk to visit Drizzlecombe – the best preserved and most impressive of all Dartmoor’s prehistoric ceremonial sites. The complex (Thruselcombe to give it its correct name) includes three stone rows each terminated by magnificent standing stones, the large cairn known as Giant’s Basin, plus over 20 other types of prehistoric burial sites.
Yellowmead contains an impressive fourfold stone circle containing well over 100 stones, plus a nearby strange arrangement of stone alignments. This site has been the subject of a geophysical survey
En route we will see how humans have modified and changed this stunning landscape to suit their own needs over the last 4000 years. This includes prehistoric settlement sites; medieval settlements (including the longest long house on Dartmoor); remains of tinworking from C13th – C19th, plus rabbit warrening centred at Ditsworthy Farm, at one time the largest rabbit warren in England, and the location used in Spielberg’s War Horse; plus a few other curiosities on the way. In total there are over 400 archaeological sites recorded within the area of the walk.
Dartmoor’s Daughter is collaborating with archaeologist Jane Marchand, the recently retired Head of Archaeology for the Dartmoor National Park Authority for this walk.
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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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