Dartmoor’s Tors, Clapper Bridges & Wild Ponies

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.


Hiking Info

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.


Accommodation

We have exclusive group use of the Bracken-Tor YHA venue.

Click here for full details on the venue and how to get there.

Food

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.


Getting there

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.


Price includes

  • 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
  • Souvenirs
  • 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?
Get the answers to those frequently asked questions here

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Apr.2-5 Easter in Dartmoor National Park, ancient clapper bridges, wild ponies

Friday, Apr 2, 2021, 4:00 PM

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Tickets
Standard Shared Room
£249.00
Standard single Room
£310.00
Itinerary

Your AAA host will be at the venue ready to greet you on your arrival and show you to your accommodation.

Supper, typically comprising of a vegetarian soup accompanied with bread, hams and cheeses will be available from this time followed by the AAA "speciality", home made banana cake or similar.

A variety of teas, cocoa and coffee are available. Members preferring alcoholic beverages should ensure they bring a tipple of their choice (Occasionally some venues do not permit the consumption of alcohol that’s not purchased at the venue, in such instances we will do our best to advise you in advance)

Once the majority of members have arrived your hosts will again welcome you to the weekend, explain the program for the weekend, outline the hike and activities planned and answer any question you might have.

Food is available until midnight or the last guest has arrived!

If you arriving later than 23:00 please text or phone your host to let them know. Thank you.

A selection of loaves of bread, cold meats, cheeses, salad, jams, dressings, spreads, pickles etc. will be available for you to make your own personalised sandwiches for your packed lunch. 

A variety of biscuits, snacks, crisps and fruit will also be available along with sandwich bags.

It is always good to bring your own packed lunch box to protect your sandwiches in your rucksack and to save the environment.

The AAA Cooked Breakfast is served from this time comprising of;

o Fresh brewed coffee and juice.

o Homemade creamy porridge with choices of toppings (nuts, fruit salad, honey etc.)

o Cereals & yoghurts.

o Cooked breakfast (sausages, eggs, baked beans)

Everyone is encouraged to assists with the clearing away of breakfast in order that we can start the day’s activities as early as possible.

Members assemble together, dressed and ready for the day's activities. Your hosts will brief everyone on the hiking options available for the day and introduced you to the hike/activities leaders prior to being asked your preferred choice of hike or activity. Group sizes for activities tend to be between 12-20 people per group, this of course varies. We offer a minimum of two hikes, which will differ in length and grade. It is important to dress appropriately for the route and conditions if the hike leaders have concerns about your clothing and footwear they might ask you to reconsider your choice for your own and the group's safety.

By this time all the hikes will have departed. Some hikes will depart from the accommodation by foot others might select a hike that requires using the available vehicles to get to the start point. Don’t worry your hosts will organise this with everyone involved. Don't forget your pack lunch and ample water for the day.

The shorter hikes* (6-10 miles/10-16 km) will start arriving back at the accommodation from this time onwards.

Homemade scones, jam and clotted cream served with tea will be available along with cake and cookies.

The longer hikes* (12-18 miles/19-28 km) start arriving back at the accommodation from this time onwards. In the summer months when the evenings are longer this return time will be later. Cream teas will be served upon the groups return.

Everyone is welcome to help and contribute to the preparation of supper once they have had time to shower and freshen up after their hikes. This is social time so please feel free to bring along a glass of wine if you like

Dinner is served at this time. Prior to dinner, we have a short briefing to prepare you for the following day and to announce the dinner menu.

After dinner has been cleared away there is ample time to relax with a drink, socialise and even play games. Your welcome to introduce your own games if you like. When our accommodation isn't in a remote location you might like to experience one of the local public houses.

A selection of loaves of bread, cold meats, cheeses, salad, jams, dressings, spreads, pickles etc. will be available for you to make your own personalised sandwiches for your packed lunch. A variety of biscuits, snacks, crisps and fruit will also be available along with sandwich bags. It is always good to bring your own packed lunch box to protect your sandwiches in your rucksack and to save the environment.

The AAA Cooked Breakfast is served from this time comprising of; o Fresh brewed coffee and juice. o Homemade creamy porridge with choices of toppings (nuts, fruit salad, honey etc.) o Cereals & yoghurts. o Cooked breakfast (sausages, eggs, baked beans)

Everyone is encouraged to assists with the clearing away of breakfast in order that we can start the day’s activities as early as possible.

Members assemble together, dressed and ready for the day's activities. Your hosts will brief everyone on the hiking options available for the day and introduced you to the hike/activities leaders prior to being asked your preferred choice of hike or activity. Group sizes for activities tend to be between 12-20 people per group, this of course varies. Dependant upon the duration available for hiking we sometimes host one large social hike so that everyone has the chance to meet. Otherwise, we will offer a choice of hikes. It is important to dress appropriately for the route and conditions if the hike leaders have concerns about your clothing and footwear they might ask you to reconsider your choice for your own and the group's safety.

By this time all the hikes will have departed.  Some hikes will depart from the accommodation by foot others might select a hike that requires using the available vehicles to get to the start point.

It is important to note that its most unlikely that we will return to the accommodation unless advised locally. Therefore you are required to pack all your luggage and belonging in the vehicle you are returning home in.

Don’t worry your hosts will organise this with everyone involved.

We recommend you prepare a packed lunch or some snacks.  The hikes aim to be back at a central location where members wishing to have a Pub lunch or café stop can do so, before the journey home. However, this is not always possible and pubs 

Depending upon the weekend's location we aim to depart home from this time.

We believe that most people wish to be back home between 19:00-21:00 in order that they have enough time to prepare for the week ahead

Hosts
Misha Hike Leader & Event Organiser
Misha Tymofeyenko
Founder, Group & Events Organiser, Hike Leader & First Aider
Mike Hudson
Group & Event Organiser, Hike Leader & First Aider
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