Read the Language of Nature by tracks & signs in Dartmoor Wood
Oct
21
11:00am11:00am

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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Bird Voices - Learn song & language in Dartmoor Woodland
Oct
22
11:00am11:00am

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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Autumn Colours Watercolour Walk with Artist John Christian
Oct
23
2:00pm 2:00pm
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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Half-term Map Reading Fun for Children
Oct
24
10:00am10:00am

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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Potted History - Half-term Walk & Crafting Fun for Children
Oct
25
10:00am10:00am

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

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

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!

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
Dec
3
10:00am10:00am

'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!

 

Emma Cunis established Dartmoor's Daughter to share her love of the moor through nature-connection walks and activities for enhanced health, wellbeing and performance. Her maternal family has loved and lived on/near Dartmoor for generations. Her grandmother Val 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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Geminids Meteor Shower - Guided Walk, Talks & Telescopes - Save Date
Dec
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Geminids Meteor Shower - Guided Walk, Talks & Telescopes - Save Date

Save the Date - event information and ticket pricing information coming soon. Please check back. Thank you!

(Please note that you are free to watch the meteor shower wherever there is public access on the moor. This is an organised event with a guided walk, talks, and telescopes to look at other objects, stars, and planets in the night skies, for which there will be a fee - half of which will be donated to a local astronomy charity.)

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'Proper' Tales & Trails with Tich Scott & Dartmoor's Daughter
Jan
13
10:00am10:00am

'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!

 

Emma Cunis established Dartmoor's Daughter to share her love of the moor through nature-connection walks and activities for enhanced health, wellbeing and performance. Her maternal family has loved and lived on/near Dartmoor for generations. Her grandmother Val 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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Navigation Training (or Refresher) - Sunday Morning Workshop
Jan
28
10:00am10:00am

Navigation Training (or Refresher) - Sunday Morning 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 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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Walk & Navigation Practice Day - Intermediate Level
Feb
18
10:00am10:00am

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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Dowsing for Earth Energies at Drizzlecombe-Walk, Learn, Practice
Mar
10
11:00am11:00am

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

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.

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Navigation Training (or Refresher) Workshop
Oct
8
10:00am10:00am

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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Walk, Sketch & Paint with famous Dartmoor Artist - DATE TBA
Sep
17
10:00am10:00am
Art

Walk, Sketch & Paint with famous Dartmoor Artist - DATE TBA

Join artist John Christian and walking guide & nature-connection expert Dartmoor's Daughter for a day of gentle walking, sitting, sketching and painting. We will wander 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.

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

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Autumn Wild Foods (+ optional tour) - Steward Community Woodland
Sep
10
10:00am10:00am

Autumn Wild Foods (+ optional tour) - Steward Community Woodland

Dartmoor's Daughter is again partnering with Daniel Thompson-Mills, Wild Food Practitioner and Teacher, to share the joys of finding and eating wild foods. This morning foray around Steward Wood will open the world of edible Autumn plants to those who wish to discover and share knowledge. 

You will learn:
* The benefits of foraging
* The Golden Rules of foraging
* Classifying plants by family
* Some medicinal uses of plants
* Wild food recipes
* The basics of preserving foods

You will, of course, sample yummy wild goodies, both fresh and preserved, and be introduced to many guidebooks and websites on the subject.

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Guided Half Marathon Walk with Something Wild
Sep
9
9:45am 9:45am

Guided Half Marathon Walk with Something Wild

We are partnering with Something Wild to enrich the Something Wild Trail Running Festival with a special offer for non-runners: A guided walk along the beautiful half marathon course.

On Saturday, Sept 9th, the guided walk will start shortly after the half marathon trail race at 9.30am.

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.

>>> See route map & elevation profile

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Giants! Stories from the Bedrock of the British Isles
Jul
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Giants! Stories from the Bedrock of the British Isles

Dartmoor's Daughter will lead you up to Bonehill Rocks where we will sit together in the shelter of the ribcage of giants to be taken on a storytelling journey by Lisa Schneidau and Ronnie Conboy. They will tell some of the old myths, and explore the relationship between the Giants – the great rock builders – and the human beings that came after.

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Dowsing for Dragons - Kids Fun on Dartmoor
Jul
2
2:30pm 2:30pm

Dowsing for Dragons - Kids Fun on Dartmoor

Dragons are real, yes really. They are usually friendly. But sometimes they can be very fierce and breathe fire if you upset them. There are many myths and legends about dragons living on Dartmoor. Tin-miners used to see ‘dragon’s breath’ vapours coming out of the tin mines. The dragon at Becka Brook liked to make a lunch out of the local farmer’s sheep and cattle. Lone travellers feared to walk too near the dragon’s lair at O’Brook in case they were eaten! And the mist that suddenly rolls in across the moor was known by the old people as ‘dragon’s breath’.

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Watercolour & Walk Day on Dartmoor
Apr
8
10:30am10:30am

Watercolour & Walk Day on Dartmoor

Join us for a guided walk through an ancient stone circle and along a river followed by watercolour tuition for all levels. You will learn to enhance the artistic skills you already have or learn new techniques and media. (You are welcome to bring your own media to work with and Gina is happy to discuss anything with you, but the painting focus will be watercolour.)

Tickets: £35 (adults only)

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