Wild & Ancient Dartmoor
21 May — 24 May 2021 | Tour Director: Peter Exley
• The UK’s most southerly upland boasts stunning views and rich wildlife, interwoven with a fascinating mix of archaeology, history, myth and legend
• Visit Wistman’s Wood, one of three rare remnants of high-altitude ancient oak woodland
• Take a tour of Higher Uppacott medieval farmhouse, guided by a member of the restoration team
conservationist and ornithologist who works for the RSPB
Assemble 1530 at Exeter St David’s Station or 1700 at the Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor. Check in for three nights followed by welcome and introductory lecture. Optional evening walk on Trendlebere Down to listen for nightjars (weather permitting).
Rich oak woodlands at Yarner Wood National Nature Reserve (possible pied flycatchers, redstarts and wood warblers, Haytor Granite Tramway), Trendlebere Down (sundews, orchids, Dartford warblers, butterflies), Hound Tor (abandoned medieval village).
Holne Moor (rich historical landscape, home to whinchats, cuckoos and adders), Higher Uppacott (restored medieval longhouse) and Wistman’s Wood (atmospheric ancient oak woodland).
Walk from Bronze Age settlement of Grimspound through Challacombe (abandoned medieval village) and Soussons Down (wildlife rich valley) to Headland Warren (former commercial rabbit warren). Tour disperses 1300 at the hotel or c 1400 at Exeter St David’s Station.
21 May — 24 May 2021
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As we will explore the area largely on foot, participants should be prepared for walks of around three miles over paths that can be uneven, rocky and muddy (particularly at Yarner Wood National Nature Reserve and Wistman’s Wood). Participants should have a good overall level of fitness.
Cost of £995 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £150.