Active Dartmoor – a week of events to experience Dartmoor

Dartmoor was recently voted by Cuisine magazine in New Zealand as the ‘hippest’ place to visit in the world. Whatever your views about that accolade it is certain that Dartmoor offers different things to different people. Following up from last years blog about all the events and opportunities for both quiet and active enjoyment of the Moor (Summer on Dartmoor), Saturday 31st March sees the launch of Active Dartmoor week at Castle Drogo.

Active Dartmoor Issue 3 cover

Active Dartmoor Issue 3 cover - March 2012

Nick Baker (naturalist, writer and presenter) will open the day at 11am and visitors will get the opportunity to try local food, take part in bushcraft activities, den building, story trails, guided walks, roof top tours of the castle, geocaching, fly fishing with the Arundell Arms fishing instructors on the croquet lawn, experience photography with a pinhole camera and of course sign up to any of the challenge events that are taking place throughout the week.

What is happening throughout the week? See the Active Dartmoor website for further details on any of the activities listed below.

Sunday 1-Thursday 5 April – The Gidleigh Golf Challenge
The real challenge of course is to get the lowest score over the five day to win a 3 course lunch with wine for two in our Michelin starred  restaurant (Monday- Friday)
Places on the Gidleigh Golf challenge are limited to 16 people per day, between 2pm – 4.30pm. Booking is essential by calling the Gidleigh Park Hotel on 01647 432367.

Monday 2 April – Cookery demonstration, foraging & wine with Ashburton Cookery School
Join Ashburton Cookery School for an evening of good food with the Forager, David Beaseley.  For more information and to book, please email

Tuesday 3 April – Dare Devil High Adventures with River Dart Country Park
Join The River Dart Country Park for an action packed day of adrenalin fueled outdoor adventure. For further information and to take part in this wonderful day out please email or call 01364 653 444. Pre booking is essential to take advantage of this one-off deal!

Tuesday 3 April from 10am – Guided walks with Moorland Guides
If you like to get out on the moor and go for a hike, come along to the Moorland Guides’ launch day at Postbridge, right in the heart of the moor. Starting at 10am, there will be two-hour walks taking place every hour. To book call 07579 969121 or just turn up on the day. 

Wednesday 4 April from 11am – The Art of Walking with Amanda Pellatt
Find your creative inspiration in the River Erme Valley. Booking via 066027 or visit

Thursday 5 April from 11am – Geocaching & art challenges with Dartmoor National Park Authority
Starting from the Haytor Information Centre, Dartmoor National Park officers will host a series of guided and self-guided geocache trails that will allow families, groups and individuals the opportunity to try this activity.
For further details contact or call 01626 831 003.

Thursday 5 April from 2pm – 5pm – Fly Fishing with the Arundell Arms
Pre booking is essential to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!  Book on 01566 784 666 or go to for more details.

Friday 6 April, 10.30am – The secret Gem of Dartmoor walk with Mark Walker
Fancy a 10 mile walk back through time? To book, please call 01752 897 034 

Saturday 7 April (11am-4pm) – Big Oke Abseil with Adventure Okehampton
To book your place email or call 0844 2930556.

Saturday 7 April – Firkin Challenge with The Royal Oak Inn
Closing date for entries is 31st March. For more information, please visit To enter, download an entry form.

Sunday 8 April, 10am & 12.30pm – The Brentor 2 Stage Bike Race, Brentor
For entry and further information, please visit

Have a wonderful week and dont forget to pick up a copy of Issue 3 of Active Dartmoor or a free copy of the 2012 Enjoy Dartmoor, the official guide to the National Park.

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