Tour by Tor
DARTMOOR for WALKERS
Moorland Walking Activity Plan for Leaders
Walk Plan: Barn Hill Feather Tor Vixen Tor
The table below sets out and references:
- 1. The Aims and Objectives of the activity
- 2. The choice of route and how it links with the above, and the group
- 3. Practices or activities that can be introduced to improve enjoyment or safety
1. Aim, Purpose and Objectives of the Activity (brief)
Aim and Purpose:
- To open the minds of a young group (ages 6-11) to some of the geology, history, beauty, nature and skills that can be learnt from the moor.
- Climb a hill and a Tor (Discuss Difference)
- Follow different water courses (Discuss Differences)
- Observe the changing scenery, look for historic human activity that has changed the moor (Discuss the groups observations)
- Observe changing Flora and Fauna (Discuss why this may be)
- Observe basic map to ground relationship (Discuss any questions this may raise)
2. Route (Including how it relates to Aim, Activity and Group.)
- Cox Tor Car Park at observation point
Walk Milestones and how they relate to the Aims and Objectives above:
- Climb Barn Hill
- Follow Find Bridge (near Cross) to get South of the man made river channel.
- Find granite Cross on Leat, observe the weir at this point
- Follow Grimstone and Storridge Leat around Feather Tor and discuss the Flora and fauna that thrive in the wet conditions
- Climb Feather Tor and observe views and geology.
- Take lunch in a sheltered area of Feather Tor (Discuss wind protection)
- Pack away all litter and discuss why we do this
- Follow around Feather Tor to observe Vixen Tor (Discuss its beauty that some parts of the Moor are not accessible to the public)
- Find the Disused Tin Workings and follow stream to viaduct (Let the group explore in a controlled area and give a brief history of the area.)
- Return to Car Park using map and group discussion (consider the journey taken and where we should head)
3. What if, today (Each activity has its unique moments, good and/or bad.)
What if Good:
- If the weather is fine there are plenty of reasons to take extra stops to explore parts of the journey of particular interest to the young group.
- There are always changing animals, insects and flora on the moors, expect the group to find something new to you.
What if Bad:
- The weather may invoke a change in the planned walk. Keep the group close to the well-trodden paths and keep the group warm by keeping up an acceptable pace, explore shelter and how it can be found.
- There are plenty of chances that wet feet will be encountered, albeit not intentionally. Observe the implications and adapt.
- An accident/incident: Group is in a well-used part of the moor and close to emergency contact.
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