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.
Cost: £40 per adult. Bring a friend/partner and get 10% discount off. Group size is limited to ensure personalised learning so pre-booking is essential.
Level: 3 out of 5. The walk is approximately 3-4 miles with a relaxed pace and many stops to practice navigation techniques and to have lunch, but you need to be happy spending approximately 3 hours in hilly moorland terrain.
Meeting point: Car park at Bel Tor corner close to Sharp Tor, about 15 minute’s drive from the Ashburton turn-off on the A38. Grid reference for the car park is SX694731. Nearest postcode is TQ13 7PS but please don't rely on this to get you to the exact location. There is sometimes an icecream van with large plastic cone at the entrance to the carpark (may not be there in winter!). Car sharing is recommended.
What to bring: Map (OL28 Ordnance Survey map of Dartmoor), compass, lunch, drink, sunscreen, warm layers, hat, gloves, waterproof clothing (even if the forecast is fine!), head torch and sturdy walking boots.
For advice on compasses, Silva is recommended and a good source is, for example, Dash4it.co.uk www.dash4it.co.uk/accessories/accessory-type/compasses.html Any of the following would be fine: Silva Starter 8; Silva Field; Silva Ranger; Silva Expedition 4.
I enjoyed 'being out in nature on a part of the Moor I'd not explored before; learning to use a compass and the way this was taught, the pace was great; a lovely group to share this with; time taken to tune in at the start...Can't wait for the next one!' Lynne
Cancellation policy: The event will go ahead come rain or shine. Sorry no refunds if you are unable to attend.
Risk: No liability accepted for accidents or incidents