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Stories from the Stones - Wander, Wonder & Writing Workshop

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Have you ever sat in the ruins of a prehistoric round house and wondered what memories the granite might hold? Returning from their day tending crops, hunting, gathering, or building did ancient people sit around the fire and tell stories, or sing together whilst they felted wool, or whisper secrets as children slept? 

Join Dartmoor's Daughter for a gentle walk combined with periods of sitting, silence, and writing amidst an extraordinary landscape of magnificent granite tors, rock basins, wild ponies, and ruinous Bronze and Iron Age settlements. Invitations, provocations, and prompts will be offered to stimulate your creativity. Poems, stories, songs, or just a single sentence or two are welcome - there's no judgement and no pressure to perform or share if you don't feel moved to. This is a simple exploration of land, living, and being.


FEE: £20 per person. Group size is limited to ensure enjoyment for all, so pre-booking is essential. A small portion of your fee will be donated to Donate for Dartmoor and the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Teams.

Further Information

Time/Location: 9.15am for 9.30am start at the car park before Batworthy-In-The-Moor bridge above Chagford. 2pm Finish.

Sat Nav is unlikely to get you to the exact location so please follow these directions - From the centre of Chagford, drive down Mill Street (Bowdens shop will be on your left) until you reach a fork in the road. Take the LEFT turn following the brown 'Fernworthy Reservoir' sign. Follow this road for approximately 1.5 miles and take the second RIGHT turn signposted 'Kestor'. Follow this road for approximately 2.5 miles uphill (don't turn left or right). Go over the cattle grid and along this road for approximately 1/4 mile. You will see Kestor (large granite tor) on the left and a grassy car park next to a large round stone animal pound on the right (marked ‘Round Pound’ on the map - park here.

Car parking is limited so we encourage CAR SHARING. Please let us know if you can offer or need a lift.

Level: Easy. We will walk approximately 2-3 miles on open moorland with some gentle inclines and descents. No experience needed as a writer, singer, or performer. 

What to wear/bring: Sturdy walking shoes/boots; warm layers; sunscreen; waterproof jacket & trousers (whatever the forecast); drink and picnic lunch/snacks; something to sit on e.g.: mat; and something to write on and with e.g.: journal and pen.

Cancellations: The walk will go ahead come rain or shine. We will have shelters available to sit under in the event of rain. Sorry no refunds if you change your mind about participating. 

Risk: No liability accepted for accidents or incidents.

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Later Event: 2 June
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