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 nearby Whitehorse Hill cist? Is there a full circle of stone circles across the north moor?
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.
COST: £20 per adult. Group size limited so pre-booking essential.
LEVEL: 4 out of 5. This walk requires a good level of fitness and is approximately 10 miles. We will be following some grassy paths as well as making our way through long grass, up and down hills, and across open rough terrain.
WHERE TO MEET: 8.15am for 8.30am start at the small car parking area OS Grid Reference SX6583 at the end of the reservoir in Fernworthy Forest. Directions - drive into Fernworthy Forest, PAST the first/main carpark with toilets on your right. Keep following this tarmac road for approx another mile - it bends right (don't take the stony road that forks left). You will pass a large one storey building on the left with corrugated roof, then drive over a small stone bridge until you can't drive any further. There is a large locked wooden gate across the road with a signpost saying 'Kindly keep drive clear' and another sign for a Bridlepath. Please do not block the gates. TQ13 8EA is the nearest Postcode for sat nav but don't rely on it to get you to the exact spot, it won’t!
Please carshare as parking is very limited.
WHAT TO WEAR/BRING: Sturdy hiking boots; warm layers inculding hat and gloves; waterproof jacket and trousers (whatever the forecast); walking poles if used; and drinks/flask and picnic lunch.
You may also want your map and compass, dowsing rods if you have them, and questions/intuition to see if we can divine answers together!
CANCELLATION: The walk will go ahead come rain or shine.
RISK: No liability accepted for accidents or incidents.