Huccaby Farm near Dartmeet is the venue for a farmer-led walk on Wednesday 23 April at 2pm. This is a rare chance to look round an historic Dartmoor farm which is usually closed to the public.
With the hard work of lambing over, Dave and Shirley Mudge will show you round their traditional Dartmoor farm. Huccaby sits in the West Dart Valley, across the river from the hamlet of Hexworthy and is one of the 12 ancient tenements of Dartmoor. This means it has been continuously occupied and farmed for around 1,000 years. Dave is a third generation Dartmoor farmer, and the second generation to farm Huccaby, his father having moved from nearby Brimpts Farm.
You will hear about their farming life and see the livestock, farming systems, habitats and historic features including the traditional shippon that is still in use, as well as the barns more suited to modern farming practices. They have a pedigree herd of South Devon cattle and run a flock of North Country Cheviots, as well as keeping Dartmoor ponies.
Those attending last year really enjoyed it and thought it was a great opportunity to see a Dartmoor farm in action today and understand more about the challenges modern farmers face.
The two hour walk is most suited to adults and older children; it is unfortunately not suitable for people with buggies or wheelchairs. The walk will go ahead whatever the weather, so we recommend that visitors come fully prepared. Refreshments are not provided, so people should bring plenty to drink and a snack to keep them going.
Due to the presence of livestock, visitors are asked not to bring dogs to this event, other than assistance dogs. These walks are supported by Dartmoor Hill Farm Project.
The event is £5/head. Booking is essential and places are limited to 20. Book through the National Park Visitor Centre Princetown on 01822 890414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org