1. DPA Short Walk – from Roborough Rock

      This walk, on Sunday 25th June, started with eleven of us from the aircraft dispersal bay now used as a car park closest to Roborough Rock. The rock has been known over the years by several names: Udal Torre, Ullestorre Rock. Ulster Rock and Udell Torre.   The raised hump in the grass with a…

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    2. Roborough Common 14th June – Butterfly habitat conservation

      As part of our on-going involvement with Butterfly Conservation All the Moors Butterfly Project a work day was held on Roborough Common The previous weeks weather had been rather unsettled with a number of wet days, but with a favourable forecast, 9 members of the conservation team met with Megan Lowe of Butterfly Conservation to…

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    3. DPA Dartmoor Conservation Garden

      June 14th 2017 – As part of the Magnificent Mires project, engraved safety boards are installed around the newly created bog garden in the DPA’s Dartmoor Conservation Garden at Princetown, with help from the DNPA’s Works Team. They depict Dartmoor’s blanket bog upland landscape and biodiversity. They have been installed around the new bog-garden with the support…

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    4. Sharpitor, Leeden and Ingra Tors short walk

      Thursday 25th May dawned without a cloud in the sky, and it continued with just blue sky and warm sunshine.  Eleven of us gathered at the car park below Sharpitor and set off after a short briefing to see some of the Bronze Age archaeology on the lower slop of Leeden Tor, consisting of large…

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    5. Bluebells, cuckoos and archaeology in the Haytor area

      After a long spell of sunny spring weather, the 11 May turned damp, and the mist was very low. However, a hardy seventeen members and friends walked from the car park near Emsworthy Mine (on the Haytor to Widecombe Road) through the Devon Wildlife Trust Emsworthy Nature Reserve, across Holwell Lawn to Hound Tor and…

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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