Group Leaders: John R & Sarah
Venue: Meet on site at start of walk
Day: 1st Thursday, 10:15 for 10:30 start
The Dartmoor area is an ancient and compelling landscape, seemingly very natural but in reality much modified by our predecessors. The MUD walks group caters for those with a passion for learning about the history and environment of this truly wonderful area.
The legacy of man’s use is everywhere to be seen; from Bronze Age settlements, quarrying of granite & slate, tinning, excavation of peat & clay, to farming and the resources needed such as the numerous canals, leats & tramways. And it’s not just Dartmoor that we look at as we also go to similar areas of activity in both Devon & Cornwall.
We walk between 5 and 7 miles to explore various archaeological and industrial sites. Recent visits have included the following locations; the Lee Moor tramway, Wheal Emma leat, Ditsworthy Warren House (as seen in Warhorse), Wheal Jewel & Wheal Betsy, Haytor quarries & granite tramway and Heatree Roundhouse. We have also been to Morewellham Quay, the China Clay Museum in St Austell and the King Edward Mine Museum near Calborne.
We go fully equipped for walking on Dartmoor and district (notorious for it’s changeable and unpredictable weather); we take a packed lunch and drinks to sustain us. We can be on the remote open moorland, in woodland or secluded river valleys. Sometimes the walking is easy but may be moderate, and is occasionally strenuous, but is always amazing whatever the weather.
Please note that this is not primarily a walking group as there are other such groups within Plymouth U3A. Everyone in the group is encouraged to research and lead walks, but you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy MUD!
Walk details are sent out to members of the group a couple of weeks in advance by e-mail.
Upcoming MUD walks:-
July: Okehampton Town Trail (John N)
August: Okehampton Moor Military Ranges (John R)
September: tbc (Sarah)
October: Luxulyan Valley (John R)