Walk with us through an ancient, ritual landscape on Dartmoor. The eight stone circles on North East Dartmoor form an approximate arc. Taking an archaeological as well as phenomenological approach, we will journey together - sometimes in silence and sometimes sharing our experiences - through this wild and beautiful landscape asking questions of the ancestors, stones, and land along the way.
LEVEL: 4 out of 5. This walk requires a good level of fitness and is approximately 14 miles or 23 km. We will be following some grassy paths as well as making our way through long tussocky grass, up and down hills, and across open rough terrain. We will stop and spend time at each stone circle as well as the Whitehorse Hill burial chamber for anywhere between 10-20 minutes each depending on our pace.
WHAT TO BRING/WEAR: Sturdy hiking boots; sunscreen and warm layers; waterproof jacket and trousers (whatever the forecast); plenty of drinking water, snacks, and picnic lunch. You may also want map and compass; drum, or other musical instrument, poems/stories; dowsing rods if you have them, and questions/intution to honour these ancient monuments and see if we can divine answers together. (If you choose to bring offerings to leave at the circles, please only bring swiftly bio-degradable, seasonal, and entirely natural materials that are from or appropriate to Dartmoor with its wildlife and grazing livestock.)
Dogs - By arrangement only please. They must be under close control or on a lead all day. They will need to be quiet when we gather in the circles as well as well-behaved with people and other dogs, and not chase livestock, or disturb ground nesting birds.
TIME/WHERE TO MEET: 8.15am for 8.30am start at the small car parking area OS Grid Reference SX6583 at the end of the reservoir in Fernworthy Forest. Directions from Chagford Town Square: Follow the brown signs to 'Fernworthy Reservoir'. Drive up into Fernworthy Forest, PAST the first/main carpark with toilets on your right. Keep following this tarmac road for approx another mile - it bends right (don't take the stony road that forks left). You will pass a large one storey barn-like building with corrugated roof on the left, then drive over a small stone bridge until you can't drive any further. There is a large locked wooden gate across the road with a signpost saying 'Kindly keep drive clear' and another sign for a Bridlepath. Please do not block the gates. TQ13 8EA is the nearest Postcode for sat nav but don't rely on it to get you to the exact spot, it won’t! Please get in touch if you need directions.
Please CARSHARE as parking is very limited. We can help you to arrange this if you email/post on the Facebook page if you can offer/need a lift.
Finish time will be approximately 6-7pm depending on our group pace and how long you want to spend in the circles.
CANCELLATION: The walk will go ahead come rain or shine. Sorry no refunds if you are unable to attend.
RISK: No liability accepted for accidents or incidents.