1. DPA Walk – Burrator & Devonport Leat, Tues. 25th April

      On Tuesday 25th April, we had the fourth DPA Short Walk with a smaller number of walks than previously.  Numbers were reduced for various reasons of family commitments, holidays, baby-sitting duties etc.  It worked out very well because the thirteen of us had a very friendly time and I finally got to talk to everybody…

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    2. New archive project for Dartmoor Preservation Association

      The DPA has been gathering archives since its founding in 1883. It has been collecting photographs; letters; maps and reports that reflect its history and that of Dartmoor for over 130 years. These include the papers of Ted Birkett Dixon, a self-trained archaeologist who for decades recorded the ancient features of the Dartmoor landscape; the…

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    3. Roborough Common Short Walk

      Twenty-two DPA members and friends gathered on the remnants of the roads near the middle of the World War 2 airfield that was RAF Harrowbeer, Yelverton, on Saturday 25th March.  The first part of the walk was to the nearby site of the North Roborough Down Tin Mine. Google Satellite aerial map + GPS track of where we…

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    4. Second DPA short walk – Merrivale stone rows explained

                         Twenty-eight walkers set off on this second DPA short walk on 25th February 2017. We planned to see the misleadingly named “abandoned apple crusher”, hut circles, two Bronze Age double stone rows that function as a sun calendar with an explanation of solstice and equinox sunrises and sunsets, cists, cairns, stone circle, menhir, Long Ash Pits, the…

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    5. Butterflies work party at Common Wood

      On Monday 20th February, fifteen volunteers took part in a work party at Common Wood, near Horndown.  This was their eighth work day on this site. The day is described in CampaignerKate’s blog, HERE.

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    6. A Chilly Day on Raddick Hill

      On Thursday 9th February the volunteers made what will probably be their penultimate visit to the Bronze Age settlement on Raddick Hill. We set out to walk up from Norsworthy Bridge along Raddick Lane on a beautiful, frosty morning.   The APY wagon comes into its own on these days, transporting all our gear and…

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    7. The volunteers make progress on Buckland Common Settlement

      The volunteers have made 2 further visits to Buckland Common this year, both well attended, and have managed to clear large swathes of the upper pounds to the north of the track. A highlight on our last visit was clearing the large hut circle, probably the best example on the site. The walls are almost…

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    8. First DPA short walk – 22 attended

      Wednesday 25th January saw the first in the new programme of short walks take place. Like all the DPA walks over the years, these shorter walks are also free. We met in the car parks at Norsworthy Bridge, with 20 people registered, although three cancelled the night before due to forecast icy roads to the…

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    9. Butterfly Conservation workday on Roborough Common

      Another day on Roborough Common for the All Moors Threatened Butterfly Conservation project on Monday 23rd January 2017 This project has now received Heritage Lottery funding which enables 2 new members of staff, Simon Phelps and Megan Lowe to work with Jenny Plackett improving butterfly habitat on Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moors, full details  – …

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    10. The last workday on the Devonport Leat for this season.

      Last Friday, 6th January 2017, found us leaving our decorations behind and celebrating Twelfth Night by dismantling dead branches rather than Christmas Trees. 10 volunteers turned out to clear the section of the Devonport Leat, near the Yelverton end, between two lengths that we had cleared earlier. It was a rather muddy stretch with wellies needed…

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