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

Fungal Foray with Devon's Top Mycologist - Fully Booked

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.

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Fungal Foray with Devon's Top Mycologist (afternoon)
Nov
2
2:00 PM14:00

Fungal Foray with Devon's Top Mycologist (afternoon)

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.

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Fungal Foray with Devon's Top Mycologist (morning) - Fully Booked
Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

Fungal Foray with Devon's Top Mycologist (morning) - Fully Booked

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.

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Half-Term Letterboxing & Map Reading made Fun for Children - Fully Booked
Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

Half-Term Letterboxing & Map Reading made Fun for Children - Fully Booked

Children will be invited to pair up or form teams to find natural and man-made features in the landscape using grid references on an OS map 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 with a yummy prize for all!

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

Fungi & Lichens Walk with Devon's Top Mycologist - Fully Booked

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. 

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

Wonders of the Solar System - Dartmoor Walking Festival - Fully Booked

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.

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

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

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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 Wild Foods (+ optional tour) - Steward Community Woodland
Sep
10
10:00 AM10:00

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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Dowsing for Dragons - Kids Fun on Dartmoor
Jul
2
2:30 PM14:30

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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