Walk from sunset to sunrise with Dartmoor’s Daughter and Tony Whitehead to experience the extraordinary soundscape that is Dartmoor.
Some of you will love the dark, some may fear it. Join our small group for a slow and safe meander up tors, down valleys, and along riverbanks with plenty of 'sit spots' along the way to drink it all in.
As well as stunning vistas and changing sun-and-moon-light, we hope to hear, and possibly see, churring nightjars, tawny owls, skylarks (they sometimes sing at night), buzzard, blackbird, song thrush, mistlethrush, meadow pipit, stone chat, linnet, yellowhammer, great spotted woodpecker, raven, jay, blackcap, and, if we’re lucky, a curlew.
Dartmoor’s Daughter creates walks and nature-connection experiences that invite a deeper connection with our bodies, communities, and the landscape we live in.
Tony Whitehead has had a lifelong interest in birds and wildlife. He has worked for RSPB for over twenty years in a variety of roles from managing nature reserves, running environmental educations projects to managing the charity's communications in the south west. His passion is for the sounds of birds and how people can be encouraged to connect to nature through listening to and learning the 'language' of wildlife. Tony also runs the field recording label Very Quiet Records http://veryquietrecords.bandcamp.com/
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Group size is limited to ensure enjoyment for all, so pre-booking is essential.
Time: 9.30pm for 9.45pm walking start. Finish at 7am
Location: Saddle Tor car park (next to Emsworthy Mire. This is the 2nd car park on the left after Hemsworthy Gate cattlegrid travelling towards Haytor. Or coming from Haytor top carpark, it’s the 2nd car park on the right. Grid Reference SX748761. The nearest postcode is the Haytor Visitors Centre but please don’t rely on this to take you to the exact location. Car parking is limited so we encourage car sharing. Please let us know if you can offer or need a lift.
Level: Moderate. Approximately 4-5 miles. We will be walking slowly but you will need a reasonable level of fitness and should feel comfortable walking in hilly moorland terrain. Just two days after the full moon, we aim to walk without torches as much as possible so that we can truly experience the magic of the night as well as create as little disturbance as possible for the birds, other wildlife, and livestock.
What to wear/bring: Plenty of warm layers including hat & gloves; waterproof hat & trousers (whatever the forecast); something to sit on; binoculars if you have them; a torch with spare batteries; walking poles if you use them; drinks/flask and picnic breakfast/snacks.
Sorry no dogs