Group Leader: John R

Venue: Meet on site at start of walk

Day: 1st Thursday, 10:15 for 10:30 start

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The South West of England 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 wonderful area.

The legacy of the use of Dartmoor is everywhere to be seen; from Bronze Age settlements, quarrying of granite & slate, tinning, excavation of peat & clay, farming and all those transportation resources needed. Although our primary area of interest is Dartmoor, we also go to many areas of similar activity in Devon & Cornwall.

We walk between 5 and 8 miles to explore various archaeological and industrial sites in our area. Recent visits have included; the Lee Moor tramway, Wheal Emma leat, Ditsworthy Warren House (War Horse), Dartmoor Prison Museum, Tor Royal, Haytor quarries & the granite tramway and Heatree Roundhouse. We have also been further afield to Morewellham Quay, Bodmin quarries, St Austell China Clay Museum and Calborne King Edward Mine Museum. A number of the walk details for these are on the Past Walks page.

We go fully equipped for walking due to the area’s notorious changeable and unpredictable weather. We take a packed lunch and drinks to sustain us. We can be on the remote open moorland one month, then in woodland or secluded river valleys the next. The walking is easy or moderate, occasionally a bit steep, but is always amazing whatever the weather.

Please particularly note that this is not primarily a walking group, as there are a number of such groups available 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!

For further information about Dartmoor from the Dartmoor National Park Authority, see Further Resources.

Everyone in the MUD walks group wants to walk in a safe and secure way, so all members of the group are required to accept the requirements and comply with the group’s Walking Safely document.

The MUD group resumed walking after the various lockdowns due to the pandemic. We will adhere to any current Covid guidelines and this sometimes necessitates restricting the maximum number of walkers allowed due to both social distancing and particularly car park availability. Until further notice, walk details will not be shown on the website and group members will be contacted by email as walks become available. As there are currently more members in the group than can be comfortably be accommodated, unfortunately no new members are being accepted at present.