1. North Bovey and Easdon Tor

      The weather was kind on 13th January when 14 walkers assembled at Moretonhamstead for the first DPA walk of 2019. We followed footpaths and lanes to North Bovey where we had a look at the 13th/15th century church of St John the Baptist. Among the interesting  features were painted roof bosses including one showing the…

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    2. Pudsham Meadows workday – Sat. 12th January 2019

      A team of 15 volunteers worked at Pudsham Meadows on Saturday 12 January, clearing a wall of vegetation ready for the wall to be repaired, gathering litter and re-opening a drainage ditch. Ten photos below with captions.                                    …

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    3. The last DPA walk of 2018

      The last DPA walk of 2018   Thirteen intrepid walkers undeterred by the weather followed part of the course of the Devonport Leat. The Leat was conceived as a business venture in 1792 to supply water to the growing town of Plymouth Dock (later renamed Devonport). It took water from the Cowsic, Blackaton brook and…

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    4. Volunteers’ annual visit to the Christmas tree

        In the dimpsy, the wind and rain having more or less stopped, on 12th December nine conservation volunteers made their annual treck up the slopes of Sharpitor, onto the DPA land, where there is a self-sown conifer. We took festive lights, snacks and mulled wine and in the dark drank the health of all…

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    5. DPA Short Walk – Norsworthy, 13th Dec.

      On Thursday 13th December, 17 members and friends met at Norsworthy Bridge car park for the lasr short walk of 2018. The weather was quite grey and cold – but there was no rain! The route started at the small gate that is often overlooked on the left just before approaching the bridge. This leads…

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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