1. Leat work days over December and January

      In 2008 the DPA started clearing gorse and other vegetation from the sides of the Plymouth (Drake’s)  leat as it runs south from Yelverton to where it leaves the open land near Roborough, about 3 miles in all.   In the last ten years since we have worked on both the Plymouth Leat (inaugurated 24th April…

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    2. Dartmoor: a Wild and Wondrous evening

      Wednesday 10th January saw many DPA members heading for Exeter to attend the official opening and Private View of the new Dartmoor: a Wild and Wondrous Region exhibition at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, more commonly known as RAMM. The DPA is a sponsor of this exhibition and has organised several of…

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    3. DPA Volunteers visit the Christmas tree again

      Some of the DPA volunteers met for the annual visit to the Christmas tree on the late afternoon/early evening of Wednesday 20th December. Many of them had been working that day on a normal work day on Plymouth Leat.  We met at a car park in quite thick mist. Darkness fell as the meeting went…

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    4. Last visit to Buckland Common in 2017

      On 6th December the volunteers made their last visit to Buckland Common in the 2017 season. It seemed strange to meet without Derek, who had been summoned by the NHS, and Val, acting as his chauffeur, but Stephen Barrow nobly stepped into the breach on APY Wagon duty. On a very overcast day, 10 volunteers…

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    5. DPA Short Walk – Clearbrook – 11th December 2017

      On Monday 11th December, eighteen DPA members and friends met at the car park beside Plymouth (Drake’s) Leat above Clearbrook. The weather was not a clear blue sky and sun as promised the day before – it was spitting rain and grey, althrough there were small patches of blue above. The weather improved during the…

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    6. Pudsham Meadows workday, 26th Nov. 2017

      Ten volunteers gathered at the DPA-owned Pudsham Meadows on Sunday 26th November for another day of estates management. The usual activities were undertaken – namely scrub clearance with a bonfire to burn the cuttings, as well as other jobs. The bonfire was a welcome feature on a cold November day.     As can be…

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    7. DPA Short Walk – North Hessary Tor, 25 Nov. 2017

      Twelve DPA members and friends gathered at the Yellowmeade track quarry car park on Saturday 25th November, also across the road by the old Mission Hall, by the Pump House and one car at Four Winds, where they were taxied to the start of the 11th DPA Short Walk. We set off up the hill,…

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    8. National Award for Dartmoor volunteer, Derek Collins

      Each year, National Parks UK presents its UK Volunteer Awards, in recognition of the fantastic work carried out by the dedicated volunteers who work in the national parks. This year’s awards were announced on Saturday and the winner of the 2017 Individual category was Derek Collins of the Dartmoor Preservation Association.     Derek has…

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    9. Dartmoor Downs Walk

      On November 11th six intrepid walkers, undeterred by rain and wind, walked from Hound Tor car park via Jay’s grave and Heathercombe onto the lower slopes of Hameldown where we visited the memorial to the airmen killed in 1941 when their returning bomber plane crashed in poor visibility on the moor nearby.     It…

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    10. Saddle Tor – Houndtor walk, 4th Nov.

      This was a moorland walk of about 7 miles on Saturday 4th November 2017 from Saddle Tor car park. It took in Emsworthy, Holwell Lawn, Hound Tor Medieval Settlement and Haytor Tramway and Quarries. The photograph shows the group at the cairn and cist near Houndtor, with the tor in the background – it was…

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