Calendar of Walks & Experiences
Join us for a short 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.
Stories about the stars can be found throughout history and all over the world including in Greek mythology; by the Aborigines in Australia; the Tupi people in Brazil; and the 'star people' or Lakota in North America who 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.
As well as living on the earth's surface, dragons also live deep down below us. Ancient energy pathways snake their way around the world - 'Serpent Lines' in Britain; 'Songlines' in Australia; 'Invisible Black Thread Laid Down by the Earth Mother' in the Sierra Nevada; and 'Dragon Lines' in China. An expert from 'Devon Dowsers' will teach you how to dowse with metal rods and pendulums to see if we can find water, archaeology, and earth energy/serpent lines.
Inspired by 'Walking Dartmoor's Ancient Tracks' by Eric Hemery (Emma Cunis' grandfather), 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.
Share in the joy of finding and eating wild foods. This foray around Steward Wood will open the world of edible spring plants to those who wish to discover and share knowledge. Along the way, you will sample yummy wild goodies, and be introduced to recommended guidebooks and websites.
Learn map and compass skills in a hands-on and practical workshop. Build confidence to explore new places and walk off the beaten track. We will also discover other ways to feel your way through the landscape e.g.: natural navigation.
Join us for a gentle walk combined with periods of sitting, silence, and writing amidst an extraodinary landscape of magnificent granite tors, rock basins, wild ponies, and ruinous Bronze and Iron Age settlements. Invitations, provocations, and prompts will be offered to stimulate your creativity. Poems, stories, songs, or just a single sentence or two are welcome - there's no judgement and no pressure to perform or share if you don't feel moved to. This is a simple exploration of land, living, and being.
Walk with us through an ancient, ritual landscape on Dartmoor, through the eight stone circles on North East Dartmoor that form an approximate arc.