1. Lustleigh Show, Bank Holiday Monday, Aug. 27th

      Once more, the sun has orbited to reach the point of Summer Bank Holiday Monday, on 27th of August, and the DPA attended the Lustleigh Show again. Regular DPA volunteers for these events, namely Val Barns, Derek Collins, Claude Williams and Keith & Berni Ryan were joined by Alison Clish-Green. There are no long blocks of text below,…

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    2. Dartmoor Folk Festival, South Zeal, Aug. 11-12th

      The 41st Dartmoor Folk Festival was held 10-12th August, at South Zeal, near Okehampton. As usual, there was an impressive programme: to quote from their web site – “fantastic weekend of concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, song and music sessions, children’s festival, craft displays, folk service, Dartmoor ramble and much more.” The weather could have been kinder. After…

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    3. Pudsham Meadows work party, 7th August

      There were eight volunteers for the bracken-cutting day at Pudsham Meadows on 7th August. They achieved a great deal of work, helped by the cooler weather than of late.  There are various reasons for cutting the bracken but as a control measure, repeated cutting (and pulling) reduces its vigour and enables other species in these meadows…

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    4. Scything course at Pudsham Meadows

      A one-day scything course for DPA volunteers was held at Pudsham on 1 August 2018.     The trainer in this traditional skill was Chris Riley of Pratensis Countryside Services       It wasn’t long before the budding scythesmen and women were undertaking their first attempts.       A major aspect of scything,…

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    5. DPA Short Walk from Cadover Bridge, 25th June

      On Monday 25th June, twenty-five of us set off from the car park at Cadover Bridge to walk the length of Wigford Down to Dewerstone Hill and then back to the highpoint of the Down with its robbed cairns before returning down the slope back to the car park. The weather was as forecast, “wall-to-wall”…

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    6. Pudsham Meadows orchid count, 13th June 2018

      Thirty DPA and Devon Wildlife Trust volunteers gathered at Pudsham Meadows for the annual orchid count on 13th June.  The weather and the flowering season were in our favour this year.   Pairs and small groups each surveyed one species in one field.       We came up with the grand total of 3664…

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    7. DPA Short Walk – 25th May – Windy Post

      On Friday 25th May, under a sky of mostly white cloud, eighteen of us met at Pork Hill car park to walk over Barn Hill, down to Windy Post, over Feather Tor and its quarrying artefacts, on to Pew (Pu) Tor and its stone workers’ “keep out” markers. Then, to Heckwood Tor Quarry and on to see…

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    8. Ramsley and Cosdon on a wonderful sunny May day

      We were so lucky.   6th May was hot and sunny with clear views over the north of Dartmoor.  14  walkers left the car park by the house that used to be the Rising Sun pub, on the old A30 near South Zeal.    The first stop was the chimney which had served Ramsley Mine until the…

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    9. DPA Short Walk – Weds 25th May – Hound Tor

      The DPA monthly short walks seem to come around quite quickly. On Wednesday morning, 25th April, twenty-four of us met at Swallerton Gate car park to set off at 10 o’clock.  While enjoying the conviviality of the occasion, having arrived over half an hour early, I suddenly realised 10 am had passed!   Our first…

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    10. DPA Short Walk – Sun 25th Mar. – Great Mis Tor

      On Sunday 25th March, 38 DPA members and non-members met at Four Winds car park for the walk to Great Mis Tor. The weather was as favourable as any of us could have wished for. Many of the photographs below were taken on a reconnoitring mission in good weather a few days after the March snow and…

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