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Read the Language of Nature by tracks & signs in Dartmoor Wood


Learn to read the language of nature through interpreting track and sign. Share the stories and different meanings of footprints in mud, feathers on a log, antler rubbings on a willow tree, or scat left on a rock. 

Delve deep with the question 'What happened here?. And touch on the 'Five Arts of tracking - who, what, when, where, and why'. And, learn to read the landscape through natural navigation. 

Join Dartmoor's Daughter and Robin Bowman to meet the inhabitants of this beautiful Dartmoor woodland including deer, fox, badger, otter, fish, and birds.

Robin Bowman grew up walking, camping, swimming, and birding in many wild places. For the past 15 years he has worked with a large variety of schools and organisations facilitating nature connection and wilderness awareness programmes. He currently runs the Hunger Games programme for teens through WildWise, and works with prisoners with the Write to Freedom charity. In his spare time he runs a smallholding with his young family on Dartmoor.


£35 per adult and £20 older, engaged children/teenagers under 16. Group size is limited so pre-booking is essential.

Level: 2 out of 5. The walk is approximately 1 mile and you need to be comfortable walking up and down hills, along muddy tracks and where there are no paths in the woodland.

Where to meet: Moor Barton Woods between Moretonhampstead and Bovey Tracey. Map Grid Reference SX785839. Directions will be provided via email to you a few days prior to the event. Parking is limited so car sharing is encouraged. 

What to bring: Sturdy walking shoes or wellies, plenty of warm layers, waterproof jacket and trousers (whatever the weather forecast), watch/timepiece, something to sit on. And please bring drinks and a packed lunch.

Cancellation: The walk will go ahead come rain or shine. Sorry no refunds if you are unable to attend. 

Please note: No liability accepted for accidents or incidents.