1. Learning about Dartmoor’s history with the Exmoor Society

      Saturday May 11th was our turn to host the Exmoor Society for a walk on Dartmoor. Each spring and autumn we take it in turns to have an “awayday” exploring the other society’s home patch. Exmoor and Dartmoor share many aspects in common, not least being south-west uplands, but each area has it’s own character,…

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    2. Dartmoor’s mires like the wet summer!

      The wet weather, apart from a welcome burst of summer in the last couple of weeks, has had some benefits.  Flowering plants in one of the mires at the Dartmoor Preservation land at High House Waste have been more abundant than in recent years and a few days ago there were hundreds of froglets.  …

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    3. The Exmoor Society come visiting

      Members of the Exmoor Society were made extremely welcome by the DPA on the occasion of the societies’ third joint walk on Saturday 19th May. Derek and Bob were knowledgeable and informative guides, while Val was (just like last year) most considerate to those among us who do not manage hills and rough ground as…

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    4. The Dartmoor sun shines on the fabulous five from Everything Everywhere

      Last Wednesday five more intrepid volunteers from Everything Everywhere left their desks behind for the day and ventured out onto Dartmoor. They joined a team of regular DPA volunteers clearing gorse and other scrub from around the Bronze Age archaeology on Leeden Hill. The site is between Princetown and Yelverton, on the south-western side of…

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    5. A magnificent seven get blown around Dartmoor

      Today, of all days, we had a walk around the tors and archaeology above the River Dart valley. Amazingly six people turned up, so with me that made the magnificent seven. We started from Bel Tor Corner car park and headed off to Sharp Tor, one of several with that name on the moor. As…

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    6. Happy Sunday – more fun than the gym and we don’t charge. Dartmoor Preservation Association volunteers continue conservation work on Hawns and Dendles

      A dozen of Dartmoor Preservation Association’s most committed archaeological conservation volunteers spent Sunday 5 February strimming, cutting and raking around five Bronze Age hut circles on Hawns and Dendles, north of Cornwood village on south Dartmoor.  The weather was just right. This task followed on from similar work to the ruined post-medieval farmstead carried out…

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    7. Everything Everywhere brave the elements to help Dartmoor

      On Wednesday 25th January, our usual band of volunteers were joined by 24 visitors from Everything Everywhere making 38 of us altogether. We had a busy day clearing gorse and scrub vegetation from the Bronze Age hut circles and reeves (walls) on Leeden Hill. At 1,200 feet above sea level it is one of the…

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    8. The DPA starts work at Hawnes and Dendles

      On a day that threatened rain 19 stalwarts of the Dartmoor Preservation Association conservation team enjoyed an exploratory visit (perhaps the first of many) to Hawns farmstead, on the National Park’s land at Hawns and Dendles, instead of their monthly visit to our adjacent land at High House Waste.   The 40 minute walk for…

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    9. The DPA tale of three rings on Dartmoor

      Last Monday a group of volunteers came out in thick fog to help us clearing gorse and scrub on Leeden Tor. Being the hardy bunch they are they worked all day, despite the fog and drizzle, and did a great job. One of the team made a dreadful discovery at the end of the day….

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    10. Western Mortgage Services out helping Dartmoor again

      Our good friends from Western Mortgage Services came out to work on the DPA land holding at High House Waste, near Cornwood,  on Monday 7th November. Being veterans of DPA conservation work days they came armed with bacon butties all round to start the day! We cut down a huge amount of European gorse, improving…

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