As a Walking Group Leader and Dartmoor Guide I’ve been out on Dartmoor quite a lot along with hundreds of thousands of others, it’s a big place after all. It occurred to me earlier this year that Dartmoor has no walking festival which is a shame, considering the vast treks and paths, history and archaeology. Well for 2016 that’s changed: introducing the first Dartmoor Walking Festival!
The festival is being organised by myself and Simon Dell the owner of Moorland Guides. We have had a pretty busy leading up this point, but we nearly have everything covered. I say everything we are limiting the festival
, as we don’t want to over cook it on our first go. There are several rather large organisations involved such as the National Trust, The Dartmoor Rescue Group and Woodland Trust along the National Park and a plethora of local companies and people.
The most up to date information about programmes and involvement can be found on the website, watch this space as it’s always changing we are hoping to have the full programme up in the coming months. Watch this space for now.
“The festival will run from Saturday 27th August until Sunday 4th September 2016 inclusive and will cover all areas of Dartmoor and open to everybody of all ages and abilities.
We will be putting on several events each day during the nine-day festival ranging from modest guided strolls and children’s rambles to full day walks and ambitious challenges! There really will be something for everyone.
The Dartmoor National Park are fully supporting the week with Ranger-led walks as well as archaeological visits and events and we are delighted to also have the support of those who live and work on Dartmoor within the Dartmoor Commoner’s Council. We have also tied-up in partnership with the British Heart Foundation, a wonderful charity; to support their 25th annual moor walk on the final day of the festival on Sunday 4th September when all of our week’s efforts will be targeted on raising much needed sponsorship for their work.
The end of the week will culminate in a celebration event with the British Heart Foundation at a local Princetown venue with food and entertainment being planned. Our exciting programme will also include climbing, Nordic walking, cycling and much much more. Making use of the local cycle trails will also mean that those who use mobility scooters and ‘Trampers’ can also come along and enjoy what Dartmoor has to offer.
Our aim is to have four events each day during the nine-day festival, so there really is something for everybody, with evening talks and walks included. The Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team is also supporting the week and if you have ever wondered what they do out in the dark when searching for missing walkers then come and join them on an evening exercise to find out more!”