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Dartmoor is a stunningly beautiful area of moorland accented with wooded valleys and wind swept Tors ( the old celtic word for "tower"). A wide-open expanse covering 369 square miles (953 sq. km.), the area features some of the wildest and bleakest country in England.
We are going to have at least 2 hike leaders on this trip.
The walks/hikes will be planned according our abilities, fitness and the weather. Every day there will be 2 hikes on offer to choose from. The route decisions will be made on the day before or in the morning on the day.
We can not tell you the plans now, a lot depends on the weather.
The setting for the Sherlock Holmes' novel 'The Hound of the Baskervilles,' based upon a local legend, this isolated landscape with weather conditions (mist, rain and snow) that can change in minutes, creates a truly natural spectacle - 'nature' at its best.
Dartmoor was designated as one of the National Parks of England and Wales in 1951. The National Park is named after the River Dart, whose source rises on the moor, with the West and East Dart rivers merging to form the River Dart.
Prehistoric remains are found all over the moor, though exact dates of many of them are often in dispute. Any walk across the moor is likely to lead you to the remains of old stone buildings from Dartmoor's industrial past. Ancient clapper bridges - crossing streams and rivers, stone crosses; barrows, standing stones, circles, tumulus and cairns all contribute to the wealth features to be enjoyed on Dartmoor.
It's a landscape quite unlike any other, populated by lofty granite tors, mysterious hut circles and standing stones, ancient woodlands, sturdy clapper bridges, rushing streams, bustling stannary towns, and secluded villages.
Princetown is Dartmoor at its bleakest, greyest, grimmest and wildest - the ideal place to have a maximum-security prison. The ‘town' claims to be the highest in England at 1400ft above sea level; this ensures that it suffers above average fog, rain, wind and snow - a less desirable choice of place to live it would be hard to find. For those interred for life perhaps the choices are restricted - redemption or damnation.
We can visit the Prison museam after a hike as well as a hotel where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (http://www.sherlockholmesonline.org/biography/index.htm) stayed when he was writing his "The Hound of the Baskervilles".
On the open moors wildlife and farm livestock live together and the iconic Dartmoor ponies are often to be seen grazing or running free in family groups.
We booked 3 star youth hostel just for our group.
Situated just inside Dartmoor National Park, this newly converted country house is set in four acres of gardens and offers a high standard of accommodation.
Four rooms have en-suite shower rooms. Three of these rooms have private WC .
One room is suitable for people with disabilities and has an accessible shower room.
2 nights accommodation,
Financial Consumer Protection according Package Holidays and Tours Regulations 1992,
guided hikes by Mountain Leader trained at Plas Y Brenin ( The National Mountain Centre http://www.pyb.co.uk/... (http://www.pyb.co.uk/)) ) guides, and certified First Aiders
and all home made meals
(AAA aims for home-made healthy food, catered for vegetarians, vegans and anybody else.)
but NOT transport.
ONLY PAYMENT CONFIRMS YOUR RSVP!!!
After you RSVP yes, to secure your place you will need to make a bank transfer of £109
Account Name: AAA LG
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Meetup (to avoid misunderstanding) in your payment so I will be able to recognize it as yours. ALSO DROP A LINE TO [masked] WHEN YOU HAVE TRANSFERRED FUNDS PLEASE.
Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.
Everyone in the group has to obtain appropriate insurance.
The BMC: http://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/Policies.aspx
offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at competitive rates.