Legends and Lore of Southern England - April 5, 2020 - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Photo Credit: Keith Lambeth

Legends and Lore of Southern England

from $2,330 USD per person for 5 days, 4 nights
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Tucked away in the southwesterly county of Devon, England is Dartmoor National Park, a vast expanse of windswept, storied landscapes home to myriad myths and legends. On our immersive exploration of this historic region, we’ll experience medieval villages, sprawling moors, and Bronze Age ruins, hearing about the enduring tales they’ve inspired. We’ll scamper among twisted trees and shaggy sheep, picnic beside rows of ancient ritual stone columns, and duck into plenty of cozy pubs along the way. At every stop, we’ll chat with friendly locals and special guests to learn what makes this quiet corner of England so unique.

Highlights
  • Storied landscapes and age-old legends
  • Historic sites and medieval villages
  • Local expertise and insight

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.
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Additional Info

Activity Level

Travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking 3 to 5 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 April 5, 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 in Exeter on April 9 around 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!

Dates and Prices

Apr 05–Apr 09, 2020
Shared Room
$2,330 USD per person
Single Room
$2,480 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $2,330. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $1,830 will be due by January 6, 2020. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip’s Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $150 will be due at the time of the final payment.
Included
  • Four 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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