Would you like to explore beautiful, unforgettable Dartmoor?
In August we will be holding another ever popular Nordic walking short break in Dartmoor with our fantastic guide Denise Horner from Dartmoor Nordic Walking.
Denise is a Nordic walking instructor, has a BEd in Sports & Leisure and has been walking on the magical moors for over 25 years. She’s also bags of fun! Instructor Rachael will be joining her and together you will experience some of the most breathtaking scenery in Devon. You can expect to see stunning scenery, moor animals and cover a multitude of terrains - bogs, tussocks, clitter, streams and stepping stones. We'll also climb tors to get the best views and descend into gurts and gullies to explore the best that Dartmoor has to offer.
We’ll be staying in the White Hart Hotel in the heart of Okehampton to give us good access to the moor, plus it gets great reviews so you can be assured of a good nights sleep.
Here’s our itinerary:
You'll make your way to to Okehampton. Why not leave early to miss any traffic and visit Exeter on the way for a spot of shopping or go a little further around the moors to the historic market town of Tavistock for a cream tea. We'll chat about car shares nearer the time.
In the evening Rachael will be eating in the Two Rivers restaurant close to the hotel so feel free to join her (not included in price).
Saturday- Joyce McKinney 8 miles
On Saturday we’ll start from our hotel and pass Okehampton Railway Station which opened in 1871. Then onto Klondyke corner which takes us to East Hill on the border of the National Park. It's the most northerly section of moorland in Dartmoor so you’ll enjoy exceptional views over Mid Devon to Exmoor National Park.
We’ll then cross the Tarka trail to Lower Halstock where there’s a cottage with a tale to tell… the case of the Manacled Mormon. Denise will tell you all about Joyce McKinney and her unwanted amorous advances at the very scene of the crime.
Onto lovely Halstock Wood and then beside the river to the Nine Maidens, a bronze age stone circle which originally functioned as a burial chamber, then off to Scarey Tor (which is not scary at all) with it’s excellent view of East Mill Tor, Winter Tor and Rowtor.
We’ll walk via part of the Irish Mans wall to Cullever Steps, a small wild swimming pool if you fancy a dip (optional) and for our picnic lunch.
Then uphill towards Rowtor which as you’ll see from the many signs of settlements and field systems was once well populated, and back to Klondyke corner via the road.
Then back via Simmons Park, given to Okehampton by its biggest benefactor Sidney Simmons. Sidney was born in Okehampton but left to make his money in America, Canada and then London, but he never forgot his birthtown and donated money and land generously throughout the years until he died in 1924. Even then he had left £10,000 to erect almshouses on the site in East Street which he had bought way back in 1905.
Saturday evening dinner will be at The Allotment Club, an extremely popular vegetarian restaurant in the heart of Okehampton. You’ll sample their amazing hot and cold plant based food, all chosen for low environment impact and locally sourced. We’ll supply wine and soft drinks but if you would like anything else the restaurant are happy for you to bring your own.
Sunday - Scorhill 6.5 miles
After breakfast we’ll use some of our cars to drive to Scorhill to visit the legendary Scorhill Stone Circle, one of Devon's biggest and most intact stone circles. It’s approximately 27m in diameter and the stones vary in height from 0.85m to an impressive 2.25m above ground. It has the most Lay lines of any circle, is the central point of 7 other stone circles and latterly people visiting the circle have worn such a deep track around its perimeter that it is visible on Google Earth from an altitude of at least 39,737 feet.
Then onto the north bank of the North Teign River to a large rock known as the Tolmen Stone. Over thousands of years the river has bored a perfectly circular hole through the stone so that it resembles a gigantic doughnut. It is said to have powerful healing properties and has played a part in several traditional healing rituals. Do you dare to climb through to see for yourself?
We’ll then walk to Kes Tor with its natural water hole. Legend says it was here that the Druids used to catch the blood from their sacrifices and this made it a hotspot for the curious Victorian visitor in search of the lost ages of the moor. Then off to Thornworthy Tor for fantastic views of Cosdon Beacon, Kennon Hill, Wild Tor, Watern Tor and Fernworthy Reservoir which supplies drinking water to Torquay, Totnes and Brixham.
As we weave our way home we’ll pass the Three Boys Standing stone and the stone rows at Batworthy Corner, one of the most interesting places on the moor. Before we reach the car park via the clapper bridges we’ll have another chance to take a dip in the North Teign River.
This trip is open to all Nordic walkers (including beginners) and you will need to be able to walk for 8.5 miles comfortably over varied terrain.
What’s included: B&B, packed lunches plus Saturday night dinner with wine.
Double/twin room £239pp / single room £325pp
If you would like to join us please pay a non-refundable deposit of £75 and we’ll ask for full payment 8 weeks before the trip starts. Then email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what room you'd prefer. If you'd like a twin room but have no roomate we can try and allocate you one.
Please note we’ll need a minimum of 12 people for this trip to go ahead. Maximum of 16.