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Forthcoming Events

The following events have been organised over the next few months. More details can be found in our Newsletters. New events are normally added to the website to coincide with Newsletters being posted.

Please use the Book Now buttons to book places and pay online.

If you are a Dartmoor Society member please sign into the Member Centre beforehand so you can book places for members-only events and not need to enter all your contact details every time.

When our events are over-subscribed, waiting lists are created. If you find that you cannot attend an event you have booked for, please email as soon as possible. Your place can then be allocated to someone else.

The Belstone Botanical Walk

Saturday 16th July, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Meet at Belstone Village Hall car park, EX20 1RB

Members and guests only – please sign in to book.

In July 1905 a botanical walk took place from Belstone to the heights of High Willhays and Yes Tor, returning to Okehampton railway station. A record was kept of the interesting plants that the party encountered on its journey.

On Saturday 16th July, the Dartmoor Society will re-trace parts of the moorland path of this walk to see if we can identify some of the flowers and grasses that were found in 1905. This circular walk will be led by Liz Miall, who is a Dartmoor Moorland Guide.

Starting and finishing in the village of Belstone, this will be a challenging walk for those who want to complete the full route to the heights of Yes Tor and High Willhays but less energetic walkers can remain in the area where we will have our picnic lunch, to search out, record and photograph the flowers and grasses in that area.

We hope that we will be able to record sight of the following species:

  • Marsh St. John’s Wort
  • Bog Asphodel
  • Sundew
  • Pale Butterwort
  • Small Birdsfoot Trefoil
  • Heath Rush
  • Mountain Groundsel
  • Cotton Grass
  • Marsh Speedwell
  • Water Crowfoot
  • Bog Pimpernel
  • Tawney Sedge

Please bring your own refreshments. There will be a stop along the way for a picnic lunch. For any further information please phone Bill Murray on 01647 231297. You can book online or pay on the day.

  • Members and guests – please sign in to book.
  • £5.00 each.

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The Dartmoor Society Barbecue

Saturday 13th August, 2:00pm
Little Ensworthy, Gidleigh, Chagford, TQ13 8HU

Members and guests only – please sign in to book.

This year our barbecue will be held at Little Ensworthy, Gidleigh. Bill and Carolyn Murray will be our hosts and the afternoon will include two walks, neither of which will be arduous.

You are welcome to bring your own drinks with glasses. Please let us know in advance of any dietary requirements.

Please sign in to book or phone Bill Murray on 01647 231297 or 07341 967320.

  • Members and guests – please sign in to book.
  • £7.00 each.
  • Cost includes barbecue and soft drinks.
  • Please book by Saturday 6th August.

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Visit to Lowertown Farm

Saturday 17th September, 2:00pm
Lowertown Farm, Poundsgate, TQ13 7PQ

Members and guests only – please sign in to book.

Our farm visit this year is to Lowertown Farm, Poundsgate, where we will be the guests of Luke and Hannah Fursdon.

Luke’s parents, Miles and Gail Fursdon, were the recipients of the 2016 Dartmoor Society award for their micro-hydro system at Old Walls and the Dartmoor Society held member visits to Old Walls in 2004 and 2015. You can read about those visits in our News archives. We are really pleased that Hannah and Luke have invited us to visit their neighbouring farm.

The visit will include a tour of the farm followed by tea and cake.

Please sign in to book or phone Bill Murray on 01647 231297 or 07341 967320.

  • Members and guests – please sign in to book.
  • No dogs.
  • £5.00 each.
  • Please book by Saturday 10th September.

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Songs of Dartmoor with Jim Causley and Bill Murray

Friday 7th October, 7:30pm
Two Bridges Hotel, Princetown, PL20 6SW

Our evening in the company of Jim Causley and Bill Murray, which had to be cancelled last year, has now been rescheduled. Please note the change of venue to the Two Bridges Hotel near Princetown.

In this special performance, Jim explains the sources of the songs and the research that has brought them back from the past. Hosted and accompanied by our own Bill Murray, this will be an informative and entertaining evening.

Please book online or ring Bill Murray on 01647 231297.

  • Open to the public – non-members welcome.
  • £10.00 each.
  • Includes tea and biscuits.
  • Please book by Friday 30th September.

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