Frid 2 to Mon 5 Apr 2021
Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor National Park offers endless places to go walking for all abilities with challenging hikes taking in the many dominating Tors that line the hills. The highest point within Dartmoor can be found in the centres of this National Park at High Willhays (621m).
Situated in the south-west of England, right in the very heart of Devon, Dartmoor is a landscape of stunning views, awe-inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged, wide-open spaces.
Furthermore, Dartmoor is a gift for lovers of ancient history. Most noteworthy are the ample examples of evidence of prehistoric settlements all around Dartmoor, with the Bronze Age period seeing a larger population moving into the area. Challenging treks across windswept moors or relaxing strolls through secluded woods, you’ve come to the right place… Dartmoor has it all!
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.
There is a minimum of two experienced and qualified hike leaders on this event. Our guides have extensive navigational and leading experience and have been wilderness first aid trained.
You can expect a choice of hikes. These will differ in distance and toughness and we aim to have no more than 15 people per hike. This ensures that each group is not left waiting for long periods whilst the last person catches up.
We plan to host the following levels of routes and hikes:
We select and publish the planned routes for the weekend and display them at the venue. Thus we are able to make the very best of the destination and the forecasted weather conditions along with our own local knowledge and that of the locals.
In addition to choosing the best routes, we are passionate about hiking and experienced navigators, therefore we choose not to repeat the same routes on the same weekends.
We have exclusive group use of the Bracken-Tor YHA venue.
AAA food quality has become well known within the Hiking community. We typically greet you with homemade soup, served with cold meats, cheese and bread on your arrival on Friday night. Furthermore, it’s topped off with Misha’s signature Banana Walnut cake.
Even if you’re not a fan of porridge, you’re guaranteed to be converted by Misha’s famous hearty porridge with fresh fruit salad, nuts and honey at breakfast. There’s nothing like a steaming bowl of creamy porridge with a handful of crunchy flaked almonds and juicy sweet blueberries to start your day of intensive hiking! Breakfast is, of course, the most important meal of the day, so in addition to that, you can further enjoy sausages and eggs, freshly brewed coffee and juice, with cereals, yoghurt.
We believe your packed lunch is a personal affair, therefore we provide you with all the ingredients to make up your own sandwiches.
Dinners are a group event, members chat about the day’s events, whilst helping out with some of the preparation. Above all, it’s great to know that after a day hiking that there is no need for additional travelling or expenses, such as a meal out at a local restaurant or pub.
If you have any special diet requirements, please, let us know in advance, but you’ll need to bring your own alcoholic drinks.
AAA events start and end in the hostel so you will need to arrange your own transport to/from there.
If you want to lift share we recommend that you post a message on the “Meetup “Message Board“ that is specific to this event.
- 1 Welcome supper with a traditional AAA home-baked cake.
- 3 nights in dormitory accommodation for male/females.
- 3 Cooked breakfasts.
- 3 Packed lunches.
- 2 Cream Teas.
- 2 Home-cooked hearty dinners.
- Tea and coffee refreshment station available throughout the day.
- Choice of guided hikes by an experienced guide and trained Mountain leader with Wilderness First Aid Training.
- Event organisation and briefings.
- Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection.
Price does not include
- Transport to the destination
- Entrance fees to any attractions you wish to visit
- Any alcoholic beverages
Price per person, standard sharing room £ 249
Price per person, standard single room £ 310
To book and confirm your place please select the required ‘Ticket’ option below
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions refer to our comprehensive Frequently Asked Question section where answers to the question, such as the following and many more can be found;
- How do I book my place?
- What should I wear?
- How fit do I need to be?
- Can I bring my dog?
- Are children allowed?
- What happens if I need to cancel and can I get a refund?
- What if the weather isn’t very nice?
- Who buys the rail ticket?