1. Western Beacon and the Erme Valley walk on Saturday 1st December

      Last Saturday, the rain held off, just about, and 9 intrepid walkers set out from Harford Moor Gate. We decided to do the walk in reverse, keeping to the river valley first and returning along the high tops in the hope that the cloud would lift to afford us the promised views. The rain of…

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    2. DPA Short Walk on Lydford High Down

      Sunday 25th November saw 24 DPA members and friends meeting at Lydford High Down car park, just up the lane by the Dartmoor Inn, near Lydford. The weather was dull with white overcast cloud and a forecast of a 10% chance of rain and a “feel-like” temperature of -1°C.  In truth, I didn’t think it…

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    3. Wild and Wondrous Lustleigh Cleave (again)

      On Saturday 10th November 11 walkers retraced the walk that was abandoned in snow in March.   This time it was wet, but only some of the time and the autumn colours were splendid. We were again very glad to be joined by Peter F. Mason who had curated the exhibition “Dartmoor a Wild and Wondrous…

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    4. Bashing for butterflies

      Reproduced from Campaigner Kate’s blog, with kind permission ….. On a bright and sunny autumn day, 22 October, 13 volunteers met in the front field at Hillbridge Farm near Peter Tavy on Dartmoor.  Megan Lowe and Simon Phelps from Butterfly Conservation’s All the Moor Butterflies project joined the Dartmoor Preservation Association conservation volunteers for a day at nearby Common…

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    5. DPA Short Walk to Black Tor Falls, 25th Oct.

        It was a glorious sunny day on Thurs. 25th October when 29 of us gathered in the car parks below Sharpitor, the weather seemed too good to be true but it stayed with us for the whole walk. We must be a good-living lot!     It is always satisfying to see a good view…

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    6. Mardon Down work day – 16th Oct. 2018

      On Tuesday 16th October volunteers met at Mardon Down to continue clearance work, at the invitation of the Commoners.  Mardon Down has many archaeological remains dating from pre-history right up to the second world war when the Down was occupied for about a year by an American regiment.     One group worked on clearing…

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    7. DPA Short Walk to Cox Tor, 25th Sep.

      Seventeen DPA members and friends met at the Pork Hill car park on Tuesday 25th September for the walk up Cox Tor Hill and the return between the tor and Roos and the Staple Tors.  The weather was excellent- blue sky and sunshine all morning.     The photograph above shows a somewhat zoomed photograph of…

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    8. Lower Merripit roundhouse

      On Sunday 16th September, the DPA had a visit to the replica Neolithic / Bronze Age roundhouse at Lower Merripit, outside Postbridge. I believe there were about 27 of us and following an introductory chat outside the farm house, we walked a short distance to the roundhouse.  Lower Merripit is one of the oldest farms on…

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    9. Widecombe Fair, 11th September 2018

      If it’s the 2nd Tuesday in September, then it’s Widecombe Fair ….. every year. The DPA had its usual presence, near the Main Ring. There is a lot involved with the fair – the first order of the day is to make sure that the DPA stand is set up and presented as temptingly as…

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    10. Pudsham Meadows bracken raking, 22 August 2018

        With 7 DPA volunteers and 17 DWT (Devon Wildlife Trust) volunteers the bracken was raked from Pudsham Meadows in record time this year.  There was plenty of time for resting and chatting as well as hard work! The story is mostly in the photo-captions.                      …

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