Jupiter & Night Skies on Dartmoor - Guided Walk, Talks & Telescopes
May
26
8:00 PM20:00

Jupiter & Night Skies on Dartmoor - Guided Walk, Talks & Telescopes

Join us for an astronomical adventure in the heart of the moor. With Jupiter visible in the sky, and a host of other astronomical wonders to enjoy, this promises to be a memorable night. Dartmoor's Daughter will lead us on a walk together to a beautiful location and share its geology, history and associated legends. And then Dartmoor Skies will guide you through the visible constellations, the vast number of star clusters, nebula and galaxies, as well as set up telescopes so you can explore the night sky at your leisure.

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Potted History - Half-term Fun for Children
May
27
10:00 AM10:00

Potted History - Half-term Fun for Children

Bring your children on a fascinating meander through ancient and modern history. We will walk through the ruins of Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements and ritual complexes (stone circle, rows, and a standing stone) to explore how people lived 4-5,000 years ago. And we will sit together in nearby hut circles to make a clay pinch pot like our Neolithic ancestors may have done or a simple woven bracelet made from Dartmoor sheep wool.

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Earth, Fire & Spirit: Bronze Age Landscape Exploration & Experience - Postponed
Jun
8
to Jun 10

Earth, Fire & Spirit: Bronze Age Landscape Exploration & Experience - Postponed

'Earth Fire and Spirit' is a weekend hands-on exploration of the Dartmoor Bronze Age landscape and primitive pottery skills.

Beginning with a shared supper together on Friday evening in a recreated Bronze Age roundhouse, we will then immerse ourselves in the ruins of a Bronze Age settlement on Dartmoor, explore and dowse the sacred ritual landscape with Dartmoor’s Daughter, and learn primitive pottery skills with Jim Hamer (Artist Craftsman).

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Navigation Training for Beginners (or Refresher)
Jun
14
10:00 AM10:00

Navigation Training for Beginners (or Refresher)

Want a confidence boost to explore new places? Memories of how to use a map and compass faded?

Join us to visit a Dartmoor that's off the beaten track, and a day to help regain your confidence to visit places you've never been to before. Providing a reminder of how to use a map and compass as well as an opportunity to to discover other ways to feel your way through the landscape e.g.: natural navigation (feeling and seeing the landscape). Experience how to always know where you are and how to get to where you'd like to be, whatever the weather.

You'll be walking with others of similar ability and led by Verran Townsend, qualified walking guide and navigator who along with 'Dartmoor's Daughter', loves to encourage and enable others to experience the wildness and beauty of Dartmoor.

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Wildflowers & Folk Tales Walk
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Wildflowers & Folk Tales Walk

Join us for a storytelling walk where we will discover some of the flowers special to Dartmoor meadows, and hear stories about plants that we find along the way. Expect tales from across Britain that inspire, provoke curiosity and explore the connections between people and nature.

With beautiful views of Holne Moor to the west, and set high at 1,200 feet, the field supports a stunning profusion of wildflowers and grasses in the summer, with four kinds of orchid reaching their peak in mid-June - Southern Marsh, Greater Butterfly, Heath Spotted, and Twayblade. Part of a larger group of small fields that make up a County Wildlife Site, the field has had no applications of agricultural chemicals for a generation and has been managed for wildlife and biodiversity for several years.

Ralph Mackridge and Jill Millar are custodians of this wildflower meadow. And in return for us walking through and exploring their beautiful field, they have asked us for an hour's volunteering time clearing bracken. Hopefully you'll agree that this is a worthwhile endeavour and helps us to offer something back to Ralph, Jill, and the ecology of Dartmoor.

Lisa Schneidau is a a storyteller and environmentalist based on Dartmoor. Having worked in nature conservation for 20 years, Lisa currently works with the Devon Wildlife Trust managing and developing landscape scale conservation programmes in north Devon. Lisa has been collecting and telling folk tales about plants for a forthcoming book. Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland is a story journey through the growing year, with folk tales of the land and the wild trees and plants that surround us through the seasons, in countryside, town and city. It will be published by the History Press in spring 2018. You can find out more about Lisa’s work at www.lisaschneidau.co.uk

Dartmoor’s Daughter creates walks & nature-connection experiences to transform health, wellbeing, and performance. As a professional guide and facilitator, Emma Cunis is a qualified Hill & Moorland Leader (HML) with the requisite Outdoor First Aid certificate, and has a background in global business. Her maternal family has 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'.

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Midsummer & Solstice 8 Stone Circles Walk (supper & camping night before)
Jun
24
8:00 AM08:00

Midsummer & Solstice 8 Stone Circles Walk (supper & camping night before)

Celebate 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. And to share the ancient art of conversation and storytelling around a fire together on a starlit night.

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 to share a meal together and camp in the grounds of Gidleigh Village Hall the evening before we walk so that we are rested and ready for our walk together after breakfast in the morning.

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Dartmoor Walk to Taw Marsh & Nine Maidens - for Single Outdoors-Lovers
Jun
30
9:45 AM09:45

Dartmoor Walk to Taw Marsh & Nine Maidens - for Single Outdoors-Lovers

Dartmoor Walk to Taw Marsh & Nine Maidens - for Single Outdoors-Lovers

The Belstone range of tors and Taw Marsh offer some of the most stunning scenery on Dartmoor. Walking a circular route from the beautiful village of Belstone, we’ll walk up along majestic granite tors; pause a moment at a Bronze Age cairn with legend of dancing maidens; wonder about the real story behind the Irishmen’s wall; and hear how the River Taw inspired 'Tarka the Otter’ as we wander along its pretty bank.

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Walking Dartmoor’s Ancient Tracks - 'The Mariners Way'
Jul
1
9:00 AM09:00

Walking Dartmoor’s Ancient Tracks - 'The Mariners Way'

"The ancient tracks serve Dartmoor as do the blood-vessles the body - arteries conducting the life-blood of its topographical history." 'Walking Dartmoor's Ancient Tracks' by Eric Hemery.

Join us for a day walk along part of the Mariners' Way - a fabled ancient route used by sailors to travel between the ports of Bideford on the North Devon coast and Dartmouth on the South Devon coast. There are written records of sailors passing through various farms, villages, pubs, and churches along the way. And it's the route that Uncle Tom Cobley and friends used for their eventful journey across the moor to Widecombe Fair!

At the end of our walk together, we will be warmly welcomed into The King's Arms in South Zeal by the 'Mariners Away' group singing rousing sea shanties. Founded in 2008, the men live in villages and towns around North Dartmoor. We will share a drink and supper together at The King's Arms, purported to be one of the hostelries on this ancient route.

William Crossing's 1909 guide listed 100 itineraries for the walker. And in his capacity at 'The Dartmoor Guide' in the 1950s, my grandfather spent many more years tracing 28 of those routes before publishing 'Walking Dartmoor's Ancient Tracks' by Eric Hemery in 1986. I am inspired to walk in his footsteps as well as the footsteps of our ancestors because of course there have been trading routes across this ancient moorland for thousands of years.

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Navigation Training for Beginners (or Refresher)
Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

Navigation Training for Beginners (or Refresher)

Want a confidence boost to explore new places? Memories of how to use a map and compass faded?

Join us to visit a Dartmoor that's off the beaten track, and a day to help regain your confidence to visit places you've never been to before. Providing a reminder of how to use a map and compass as well as an opportunity to to discover other ways to feel your way through the landscape e.g.: natural navigation (feeling and seeing the landscape). Experience how to always know where you are and how to get to where you'd like to be, whatever the weather.

You'll be walking with others of similar ability and led by Verran Townsend, qualified walking guide and navigator who along with 'Dartmoor's Daughter', loves to encourage and enable others to experience the wildness and beauty of Dartmoor.

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'Proper' Tales & Trails with Tich Scott & Dartmoor's Daughter
Jul
8
10:00 AM10:00

'Proper' Tales & Trails with Tich Scott & Dartmoor's Daughter

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!

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Wild Signs & Star Paths with Tristan Gooley and Dartmoor's Daughter
Jul
26
2:30 PM14:30

Wild Signs & Star Paths with Tristan Gooley and Dartmoor's Daughter

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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Family - Luxurious & Wild Weekend on Dartmoor
Jul
26
to Jul 29

Family - Luxurious & Wild Weekend on Dartmoor

Dartmoor’s Daughter, Wildwise, and others have been invited to create a weekend of inspiring, fun and interesting activities for children joining ‘TAKE KIDS OUTDOORS’ summer family retreat.

Here’s more information - Join us!
Is it possible to have a luxurious yet wild, adventurous yet safe, engaging and relaxing time away with your families, at an affordable price, during school summer holidays? That's exactly what Take Kids Outdoors has curated for our first weekend gateway in Dartmoor, by bringing the best of the sites, attractions and local experts together.

Dartmoor National Park is recognised as one of the UK's finest landscapes, the largest open moor in southern England and a place of remoteness and tranquillity. It has inspired many writers, poets and painters over the centuries, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles which is set against Dartmoor’s dark and brooding landscape. More recently Steven Spielberg set his film War Horse in the vast and spectacular Dartmoor landscape.

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Guided Half Marathon Walk: Something Wild Trail Running Festival
Jul
28
9:30 AM09:30

Guided Half Marathon Walk: Something Wild Trail Running Festival

The guided walk will start shortly after the half marathon trail race, as part of the Something Wild Trail Running Festival 2018 http://www.something-wild.co.uk/.

The route starts and ends at the festival site at Huccaby Farm, crossing the river at Dartmeet before climbing gradually to Sharp Tor and along Dr Blackalls Drive to New Bridge, from where you will enter Holne Woods. Next you will cross through Holne and return via Holne ridge to Coombstone Tor. You will still need your wits about you in the final furlong however, as another river crossing beckons, via the Huccaby stepping stones.

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Walk with Dartmoor Pack Ponies to Erme Pound
Aug
5
9:30 AM09:30

Walk with Dartmoor Pack Ponies to Erme Pound

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'.

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Kids Potted History - Walk & Crafting (Dartmoor Walking Festival)
Aug
30
10:00 AM10:00

Kids Potted History - Walk & Crafting (Dartmoor Walking Festival)

Bring your children on a fascinating wander and wonder through ancient history. We will walk through the ruins of Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements and ritual complexes to explore how people lived thousands of years ago. And we will sit together in nearby ruined hut circles to make a clay pinch pot like our Neolithic ancestors may have done or a simple woven bracelet made from Dartmoor sheep wool. D365 squares include M6, N6, M5, N5. Recommended age range 7-11 years. All children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Bring a picnic lunch.

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Dowsing for Earth Energies at Drizzlecombe - Walk, Learn, Practice - Dartmoor Walking Festival
Aug
31
10:30 AM10:30

Dowsing for Earth Energies at Drizzlecombe - Walk, Learn, Practice - Dartmoor Walking Festival

Dowsing has been used for thousands of years to find water, archaeological remains, missing people, and allergy testing. Led by Dartmoor’s Daughter and a member of 'Devon Dowsers', we will learn how to dowse for water, 'earth energies', and archaeological remains at the impressive Drizzlecombe ceremonial complex. The best preserved of Dartmoor’s prehistoric ceremonial sites, it includes stone rows, standing stones, the ‘Giant’s Basin’ cairn as well as barrows, cists, and hut circles. D365 squares include S6 and S7.

The day is designed for adults but older, engaged children are welcome.

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Kids Walk & Wild Swim (Dartmoor Walking Festival)
Sep
1
10:00 AM10:00

Kids Walk & Wild Swim (Dartmoor Walking Festival)

Walk with Dartmoor’s Daughter to a beautiful river wild swimming spot. The views are stunning. And along the way we will learn about the history of Dartmoor, the legend of the ‘Witches Pool’; and map out the main river routes moor to sea. D365 square includes G4. The river pool is pretty and not very deep so best for 5-10 years old. Children must be good swimmers or have arm bands and be accompanied by parent/guardian. Bring a picnic lunch and drinks. Dartmoor is a stunning natural environment and our intention will be to 'leave no trace' please.

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Wonders of the Solar System - Dartmoor Walking Festival
Sep
1
8:00 PM20:00

Wonders of the Solar System - Dartmoor Walking Festival

Join us to experience the dark skies magic of Dartmoor. Among the astronomical treats to enjoy on this evening will be Mars and Saturn - two of the most iconic planets in our solar system - as well as galaxies, nebulae, constellations and more. Dartmoor’s Daughter will lead the walk and talk about the landscape context and tales from the area. And Dartmoor Skies will talk about the Solar System and pitch their large telescopes to offer everyone the opportunity to view some of our neighbouring planets and more. D365 Squares include L19, K19, L18. Our back-up plan for cloudy skies will be a local pub/hotel.

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Archaeology Walk to Drizzlecombe & Yellowmead - Fully Booked
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Archaeology Walk to Drizzlecombe & Yellowmead - Fully Booked

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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Fungi & Lichens Walk with Devon's Top Mycologist
Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

Fungi & Lichens Walk with Devon's Top Mycologist

Enter into the world of fungi and lichens with Dartmoor's Daughter and Devon's top mycologist Dr Christian Taylor. Dartmoor's Daughter will lead us on a walk through wooland, open moorland, and a churchyard so we can determine the rate of lichen growth. You will learn how to identify edible and other fungi as well as lichens. And find out all about this marvellous kingdom of nature. 

Dr Christian Taylor is a biologist, entomologist and mycologist. He studied for his doctoral thesis on the ecological relationships between insects and fungi. Christian teaches courses on environmental science and ecosystems at The Open University, biology A-level, and International Baccalaureate at Plymouth College.

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Fungal Foray with Devon's Top Mycologist
Nov
3
9:30 AM09:30

Fungal Foray with Devon's Top Mycologist

Enter into the world of fungi with Dartmoor's Daughter, Devon's top mycologist Dr Christian Taylor, and Daniel Thompson-Mills at Steward Community Woodland. Dartmoor's Daughter will lead us on a walk through the woods where you will learn how to identify edible and other fungi and find out all about this marvellous kingdom of nature. And for a delicious treat, we will fry up any edible mushrooms we find to accompany our tea.

Dr Christian Taylor is a biologist, entomologist and mycologist. He studied for his doctoral thesis on the ecological relationships between insects and fungi. Christian teaches courses on environmental science and ecosystems at The Open University, biology A-level, and International Baccalaureate at Plymouth College.

Steward Community Woodland is a sustainable living and working woodland project using permaculture techniques http://www.stewardwood.org/index.ghtml

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Geminids Meteor Shower - Guided Walk, Talks & Telescopes
Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

Geminids Meteor Shower - Guided Walk, Talks & Telescopes

Join Dartmoor's Daughter and Dartmoor Skies to watch the Geminid meteor shower, one of the most spectacular of the year and peaking on this evening with up to 120 meteors per hour. Unlike most other showers, the Geminids are associated with an asteroid rather than a comet - the 3200 Phaethon asteroid takes about 1.4 years to orbit around the Sun. The shower owes its name to the constellation Gemini from where the meteors seem to emerge from in the sky. There will also be talks and telescopes set up to view other astronomical delights. 

Dartmoor Skies is a charity that aims to inspire people about astronomy and science. 50% of the event profits go towards their funding and equipment -http://dartmoorskies.org/

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Dartmoor Dawn Chorus Walk - Fully Booked
May
19
3:30 AM03:30

Dartmoor Dawn Chorus Walk - Fully Booked

Join us for a walk from dark to dawn through the extraordinary soundscape of the waking chorus of birds. Yarner Woods is a bird haven so we hope to hear, and possibly see redstart, pied flycatcher, wood warbler, blackbird, song thrush, mistle thrush, great spotted woodpecker, raven, jay, blackcap, and many many more. If we are lucky, we may even here the pre-dawn churring of nightjar.

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Luxury Re-Awakening Spring Retreat
May
2
to May 7

Luxury Re-Awakening Spring Retreat

Dartmoor's Daughter is offering walks and coaching on this luxury ‘re-awakening’ spring retreat, organised by Nicky Clinch, Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Life Counsellor, Chef and Teacher. For more information visit nicklyclinch.com.

For this Spring, Luxury ‘Re-Awakening’ Retreat we will be focusing on clearing our energy to unlock the immense, abundant and precious creative life force that lies within each and every one of us.  We will ‘Re-awaken’ the deepest parts of our self-expression so that we can feel more free to fully express ourselves in our life.

These 5 days are NOT TO BE MISSED!

Spent in incredible luxury at Puggiestone House right on Dartmoor, we will be able to lavish ourselves in some serious nourishment and care whilst working deeply on our transformation at the same time.

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Spring Wild Edibles and Medicine
Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

Spring Wild Edibles and Medicine

'We don't need to reconnect to nature, we are nature.' Discover wholeness and health as Brigit Anna McNeil and Dartmoor's Daughter lead you on a journey into the moor and the woods along the river to explore Spring's edible offerings.

You will learn how to identify edible seasonal plants and leaves, seeds, flowers, and roots. And understand how to prepare them for cooking and eating or for potent medicines to nourish, strengthen or cleanse. We will make something simple as a taster together or share a wild tea. This will be determined by what we find on the day.

Brigit Anna McNeil is a professional forager, earth based herbalist, facilitator, nature connection guide and therapist. She takes people on a journey of reconnecting to their own nature and innate wisdom, inviting them into deeper relationship with life through immersion in and with the natural world.

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Dartmoor Stroll through East Dart Country - for Single Outdoors-Lovers
Apr
29
9:30 AM09:30

Dartmoor Stroll through East Dart Country - for Single Outdoors-Lovers

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.

The Double Dart Gorge is one of the most stunning views on Dartmoor. Join us for a Sunday morning walk up Sharp Tor to gaze at the view; then down through Bronze Age round house ruins and burial chambers; along a double stone row, and past two stone crosses - one old, one new...followed by lunch at the Tavistock Inn in Poundsgate. This is a great way to enjoy a walk and meet other single people.

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Dartmoor Bears & Lions - Visit to The Bones Cave (afternoon) - Fully booked
Apr
28
2:30 PM14:30

Dartmoor Bears & Lions - Visit to The Bones Cave (afternoon) - Fully booked

Join us for a privately organised visit to the Bones Cave in Buckfastleigh where there is one of the most important and extensive deposit of bones of animals which lived on Dartmoor during the Last Interglacial Period of about 125,000 years ago. The Visitors Centre guide will tell us about the caves geology and history of the animals bones that included spottd hyena, bison, hippopotamus, extinct rhino, wolf, red fox, brown bear, badger, wild cat and lion, wild boar, giant as well as fallow dear, and straight-tusked elephants. And then Dartmoor’s Daughter will walk us up through an ancient track to the burnt out Buckfast Church which has a fascinating history and was part of the inspiration for Conan Doyle's 'Hound of the Baskervilles' novel. Along the way we will forage a few wild edibles to make a salad to share for our lunch together as our hunter-gatherer ancestors might have done.There is a also a wealth of information in the visitors centre which you are welcome to visit after our walk together.

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Dartmoor Bears & Lions - Visit to The Bones Cave (morning) - Fully Booked
Apr
28
10:30 AM10:30

Dartmoor Bears & Lions - Visit to The Bones Cave (morning) - Fully Booked

Join us for a privately organised visit to the Bones Cave in Buckfastleigh where there is one of the most important and extensive deposit of bones of animals which lived on Dartmoor during the Last Interglacial Period of about 125,000 years ago. The Visitors Centre guide will tell us about the caves geology and history of the animals bones that included spottd hyena, bison, hippopotamus, extinct rhino, wolf, red fox, brown bear, badger, wild cat and lion, wild boar, giant as well as fallow dear, and straight-tusked elephants. And then Dartmoor’s Daughter will walk us up through an ancient track to the burnt out Buckfast Church which has a fascinating history and was part of the inspiration for Conan Doyle's 'Hound of the Baskervilles' novel. Along the way we will forage a few wild edibles to make a salad to share for our lunch together as our hunter-gatherer ancestors might have done. There is also a wealth of information in the visitors centre which you are welcome to visit after our walk together.

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Walk with Dartmoor Pack Ponies
Apr
22
9:30 AM09:30

Walk with Dartmoor Pack Ponies

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'.

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Constellations: The Stories in our Stars - Fully Booked
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

Constellations: The Stories in our Stars - Fully Booked

Stories about the stars can be found all across the world and throughout history including in Greek mythology; by the Aborigines in Australia; the Tupi people in Brazil; and the 'star people' or Lakota in North America say they brought spiritual teachings, stories and maps of the cosmos which they then offered freely.

Dartmoor's Daughter will lead us on a gentle walk up to Hound Tor and introduce the Dartmoor context followed by Dartmoor Skies who will guide you through the visible constellations and set up telescopes so you can explore the night sky at your leisure.

This walk has been designed to coincide with International Dark Sky Week - http://www.darksky.org/dark-sky-week-2018/ and Dartmoor National Park Authority will be hosting the Dartmoor Skies photography exhibition from Tuesday 17th April until Tuesday 5th June inclusive at the National Park Visitor Centre in Princetown. Featuring work by four local photographers the exhibition will highlight the special quality of Dartmoor’s dramatic skies. The visitor centre is open daily from 10am until 5pm.

If the weather isn’t favourable, our back up plan will be tea and talks with slides and a quiz at the nearby Kestor Inn where we will bring the telescopes out if the weather clears at any point during the evening.

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Kids Nature Treasure Hunt & Letterboxing - Easter Holidays
Apr
8
2:00 PM14:00

Kids Nature Treasure Hunt & Letterboxing - Easter Holidays

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!

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Dartmoor Walk for Single Outdoors-Lovers - Pew Tor & Windy Post Cross
Apr
8
8:45 AM08:45

Dartmoor Walk for Single Outdoors-Lovers - Pew Tor & Windy Post Cross

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.
 

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'Proper' Tales & Trails with Tich Scott & Dartmoor's Daughter
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

'Proper' Tales & Trails with Tich Scott & Dartmoor's Daughter

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!

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Dowsing for Earth Energies at Drizzlecombe - Walk, Learn, Practice - SOLD OUT
Mar
10
11:00 AM11:00

Dowsing for Earth Energies at Drizzlecombe - Walk, Learn, Practice - SOLD OUT

Dowsing has been used for thousands of years to find water, archaeological remains, missing people, and allergy testing. Together with a member of 'Devon Dowsers', we will learn how to dowse for water, 'earth energies', and archaeological remains at the impressive Drizzlecombe ceremonial complex which includes the tallest standing stone on Dartmoor as well as stone rows, barrows, Neolithic cairns and cists, and the remains of Bronze age settlements with hut circles.

Layers of later history can also be seen nearby including open cast tin mines near the river, and rabbit warrens.

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Dartmoor Walk through Time & Tin Mines-for Single Outdoor-Lovers
Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Dartmoor Walk through Time & Tin Mines-for Single Outdoor-Lovers

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 stroll past an ancient granite cross, up to a tor or two for beautiful far-reaching views, through a fascinating ruined Bronze Age settlement and triple stone row, and into the remains of an open cast industrial era tin mine. Ending up at the famous Warren House Inn, we will enjoy drinks together and a delicious home-made lunch.

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Walk & Navigation Practice Day - Intermediate Level
Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

Walk & Navigation Practice Day - Intermediate Level

Would you like to walk on Dartmoor more often and need a confidence boost to explore new places? Have memories faded of how to use your map and compass and you'd like a refresher? Or to learn more advanced navigation techniques?

Join us and visit the Dartmoor that's off the beaten track, a day to help regain your confidence to visit places you've never been to before. Providing both a reminder of how to use your map and compass, and an opportunity to to discover other ways to feel your way through the landscape - natural navigation (feeling and seeing the landscape). Experience how to always know where you are and how to get to where you'd like to be, whatever the weather.

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Half-term Map Reading Fun for Children
Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Half-term Map Reading Fun for Children

Families or children will be invited to join forces in pairs or teams to find natural and man-made features in the landscape using grid references and the four cardinal directions. There may even be a letterbox or two to find along the way! A photo on their phone (or yours!) will be proof that the object has been located. And each object found will piece together to solve a picture puzzle.

Join us for a fun and active morning where children will be encouraged to work without direct supervision, giving them a sense of independence and adventure.

Map reading is a life-long skill that can be applied to walking, running, or just enjoying the great outdoors together. (It also helps once you’re old enough to drive a car too!)

Recommended age-range: 8-12 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Navigation Training for Beginners (or Refresher)
Jan
28
10:00 AM10:00

Navigation Training for Beginners (or Refresher)

Want a confidence boost to explore new places? Memories of how to use a map and compass faded? Join us to visit a Dartmoor that's off the beaten track that will help you to regain your confidence to visit places you've never been to before. Providing a reminder of how to use a map and compass as well as an opportunity to to discover other ways to feel your way through the landscape e.g.: natural navigation (feeling and seeing the landscape). Experience how to always know where you are and how to get to where you'd like to be, whatever the weather!

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'Proper' Tales & Trails with Tich Scott & Dartmoor's Daughter
Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

'Proper' Tales & Trails with Tich Scott & Dartmoor's Daughter

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!

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'Proper' Tales & Trails with Tich Scott & Dartmoor's Daughter
Dec
3
10:00 AM10:00

'Proper' Tales & Trails with Tich Scott & Dartmoor's Daughter

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!

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Navigation Training (or Refresher) Workshop - Daylight, Dimpsey, & Dark
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Navigation Training (or Refresher) Workshop - Daylight, Dimpsey, & Dark

Want a confidence boost to explore new places? Memories of how to use a map and compass faded? Join us to visit a Dartmoor that's off the beaten track that will help you to regain your confidence to visit places you've never been to before. Providing a reminder of how to use a map and compass as well as an opportunity to to discover other ways to feel your way through the landscape e.g.: natural navigation (feeling and seeing the landscape). We will start in daylight and end at 'dimpsey' (dusk)/dark to mimic fog. Experience how to always know where you are and how to get to where you'd like to be, whatever the weather!

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Sacred Crescent Walk - 8 Stone Circles on NE Dartmoor
Nov
4
9:00 AM09:00

Sacred Crescent Walk - 8 Stone Circles on NE Dartmoor

Walk with us through an ancient ceremonial landscape on Dartmoor. The eight stone circles on North East Dartmoor form an approximate arc. What is the purpose of the stone circles, and this particular formation in the landscape? Are the circles connected to each other? Was it deliberate architecture that five rivers rise in the centre of the arc as well as the Whitehorse Hill cist? Is there a full circle of stone circles across the north moor perhaps?

Taking an archaeological as well as phenomenological approach, we will journey together through this wild and beautiful landscape asking questions of the ancestors, stones, and land along the way.

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Potted History - Half-term Walk & Crafting Fun for Children
Oct
25
10:00 AM10:00

Potted History - Half-term Walk & Crafting Fun for Children

Bring your children on a fascinating meander through ancient and modern history. We will walk through the ruins of Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements and ritual complexes (stone circle, rows, and a standing stone) to explore how people lived 4-5,000 years ago. And we will sit together in nearby hut circles to make a clay pinch pot like our Neolithic ancestors may have done or a simple woven bracelet made from Dartmoor sheep wool.

Option: Depending on the pace and interest of the children, we can also cross a stream and walk further up to King's Tor to learn more about the industrial history of the area including granite quarrying and the old Princetown-Yelverton tramway/railway.

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Half-term Map Reading Fun for Children
Oct
24
10:00 AM10:00

Half-term Map Reading Fun for Children

Families or children will be invited to join forces in pairs or teams to find natural and man-made features in the landscape using grid references and the four cardinal directions. There may even be a letterbox or two to find along the way! A photo on their phone (or yours!) will be proof that the object has been located. And each object found will piece together to solve a picture puzzle. 

Join us for a fun and active morning where children will be encouraged to work without direct supervision, giving them a sense of independence and adventure.

Map reading is a life-long skill that can be applied to walking, running, or just enjoying the great outdoors together. (It also helps once you’re old enough to drive a car too!)

Recommended age-range: 7-12 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Autumn Colours Watercolour Walk with Artist John Christian
Oct
23
2:00 PM14:00
Art

Autumn Colours Watercolour Walk with Artist John Christian

John Christian is one of Dartmoor's foremost watercolour landscape painters. He 'paints to feel love. And to become part of the landscape'. He is profoundly inspired, both emotionally and visually, by the landscape of Dartmoor, of which he has an intimate knowledge.

Join us for a day of gentle walking and sitting with invitations to sketch and paint along the way. John will teach and offer technique suggestions as much as you individually want or the group needs. We will stroll along the Taw River in Skaigh Woods, one of John's favourite painting locations, up past the weir, over Tarka bridge, what he calls 'the cathedral' canopy of trees, 'red gate', 'Impy's pool', and more secret spots. There are many places to choose to sketch and paint along the way so watercolour tuition will be for all levels - you will learn to enhance the artistic skills you already have or learn new techniques and media.

Painting has been running, like a thread, through John's life for over 60 years. Inspired by Wesson, Seago and Merriott among others, he is rooted in their distinct tradition. Like them, John is driven by an immediacy of response to a deeply felt sense of place which necessarily involves fast sketching. He works swiftly, with spontaneity and a sense of quiet passion, preferably out-of-doors and is known for his fast, wet-into-wet approach. He has contributed to 'Leisure Painter' and is a popular demonstrator. He organised his own residential courses for 16+ years and tutored too in Scotland, the South of France, Tuscany and Majorca. He has also exhibited with the Pure Watercolour Society.

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Bird Voices - Learn song & language in Dartmoor Woodland
Oct
22
11:00 AM11:00

Bird Voices - Learn song & language in Dartmoor Woodland

Which bird voice can teach you that a sparrowhawk is approaching? Unlock the secrets of the Dartmoor woodland, heath and wetlands by learning Bird Language, and the different voices of the birds. 

Dartmoor is rich with native birds as well as Autumn migrants at this exciting time as flocks of Redwings and Thrushes arriving from Scandinavia descend to feast on the berries the native Mistle Thrushes jealously guards. In the background Robins are singing their melancholic autumnal song. Come join us to learn to read the language of nature through Bird Language which can deepen our awareness and understanding of what's happening in the natural world, and strengthen our connection to the birds at this time of Autumn.

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Read the Language of Nature by tracks & signs in Dartmoor Wood
Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

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.

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Navigation Training (or Refresher) Workshop
Oct
8
10:00 AM10:00

Navigation Training (or Refresher) Workshop

Want a confidence boost to explore new places? Memories of how to use a map and compass faded? 

Join us to visit a Dartmoor that's off the beaten track, and a day to help regain your confidence to visit places you've never been to before. Providing a reminder of how to use a map and compass as well as an opportunity to to discover other ways to feel your way through the landscape e.g.: natural navigation (feeling and seeing the landscape). Experience how to always know where you are and how to get to where you'd like to be, whatever the weather.

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