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Dartmoor's Ancient Woods & Folklore

from $2,820 USD per person for 6 days, 5 nights
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  • 10 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
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Trip Overview
Overview

Tucked away in the southwest county of Devon, England, you’ll find Dartmoor National Park, a vast expanse of windswept, storied land home to a myriad of myths and millennia of human history. As we explore the region, we’ll encounter medieval villages, sprawling moors, and Bronze Age ruins, and learn of the legends rooted in each landscape. We’ll scamper among twisted trees and shaggy sheep, picnic like the Pagans beside rows of ritual stone columns, and duck into plenty of cozy pubs along the way—chatting with longtime locals and special guests to learn what makes this corner of the world so unique.

Highlights
  • Storied landscapes and age-old legends
  • Historic sites and medieval villages
  • Local expertise and insight
  • Wooded walks and night-time strolls

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leaders

Keith Lambeth
Keith is at his happiest in complex and remote terrain. His knowledge of Dartmoor has been described as encyclopedic, but his eclectic interests stretch far further afield. A born experimenter, Keith's wide spectrum of past experiences include time as a monastic, to champion worm-charmer; motorcycle messenger to mountain rescue team leader. A storyteller who delights in the obscure and occasionally the macabre. Keith draws on decades of mountain travel, living history reenactment, and a passion for aural tradition to interpret the landscape. He threads legends, archaeology, and landscape into a narrative that explains the way the land appears and is used to this very day.
Catherine Stanton
Catherine, who lives at the foot of Dartmoor, has built a deep relationship with its peace and natural beauty. As an enthusiastic Dartmoor rescue volunteer, she can be out with her team at night in extremely challenging conditions, and a few hours later be walking with her teenage daughters and swimming in the stunning river Dart. Catherine also regularly hosts overseas students who live with her family for a term, and introduces them to the region’s coasts, countryside, and moors, arranging walks, picnics, BBQs and adventures on the water with the great community of friends and colleagues she has built here. Catherine also fits in a day job in finance, but still makes time to bake her own amazing sourdough bread. Dartmoor is a place she holds close to her everyday wellbeing.

Additional Info

Pricing & Single Accommodations

The total cost of this trip is $2,820. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $210. Please contact us to request a single room.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking three to five miles each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. We’ll be spending a good amount of time outside and in rural areas—walking up and down stairs, in the forest, and on dirt and cobblestone paths.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins in Totnes, England. You should plan to arrive in Totnes by noon on Day 1, as we’ll meet in town in the early afternoon. We recommend arriving a day or two early to explore the town and nearby sights on your own. Our time together ends on Day 6 at 1 p.m., with multiple trains departing from Exeter to London in the afternoon. We do recommend spending some additional time in Exeter and the nearby towns, as well, as there's much to see!

Included
  • Five nights of accommodation in historic inns.
  • All meals during the trip, starting with dinner on the first day and ending with a final breakfast.
  • Transportation throughout the trip in a private coach.
  • The company of two experienced guides throughout the trip, in addition to special guests all along the way.
  •  Admission to all proposed activities, sites, and events.
Excluded
  • Transportation to Totnes and from Exeter. (Note that the trip begins and ends in two different places.)
  • Food and drink outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including any snacks and most alcoholic beverages.
  • If applicable, applying for a U.K. visa (not required for U.S. or E.U. citizens).
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
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  • Sep 27–Oct 2, 2020
    from $2,820 per person
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