When to go
All year round
This adventure takes place near Princetown (Devon), a picturesque hamlet nestled between rolling green hills, granite tors and moorland. If you’re looking for a challenging day out honing your navigation skills then joining this course in the rugged hills of Dartmoor National Park is a must.
Don’t be fooled by the benign rolling hills on a mid summer’s day, those same hills in the darkness, sleet and snow catch out many of the unwary and unprepared. It’s no small wonder then that Dartmoor is chosen by the Royal Marines for their navigation and endurance training.
On the day you can expect your guide to meet you at your accommodation at 2:00pm. You will then drive to the start point of your navigation experience.
This course starts with an afternoon of practical navigation skills using both 1:1 and group teaching methods, this is a warm up for you in this often challenging environment.
The second part of the day is navigation through dusk and into darkness. You’ll finish the course a much more confident navigator and equipped to navigate anywhere in the British mountains.
The course ends with a de-brief over a well earned refreshment in one of Dartmoor’s famous country pubs.
5% of cost will be donated to the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton).
We recommend you first contact the guide to agree a date, then book your accommodation. Adventure sorted!
Craig Scollick grew up in Scotland so was lucky enough to have access to the mountains since he was a kid. Since then he's walked and climbed in most places in the UK, and has led expeditions to the Alps, Nepal, Australia and New Zealand. As a Mountain Leader and volunteer with Dartmoor Search and Rescue, Craig is one of a small group of fell runners within the rescue team who are deployed to move rapidly in all weathers at any time of the day or night to locate and treat casualties. He's very considerate of his group members and is a fantastic guide to explore the hills with.
Bring a small rucksack with a spare fleece, ideally a headtorch (with spare batteries), waterproofs and enough drinks, food and snacks for 6 hours on the hill.
If you have them bring a 1:25,000 Dartmoor map and a good compass, if you haven’t got them don’t worry as your guide will provide them for the day. We also recommend good boots and gaiters as it can be pretty rough and muddy underfoot.
Please note you have to be 18 years or over to book this adventure (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian).
Optional extras include booking additional navigation adventures in the area (ask the guide).
Wilderness Now does not provide this activity. It acts as agent facilitating your entry into a contract in respect of this activity, which is provided by Craig Scollick.
Photo credit to A.Pewsey for the night picture.
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How to get there
Car to Dartmoor
The drive from London to Dartmoor takes around 4 hours 10 mins. Take the M4 and then join the M5 at Bristol.
Train to Dartmoor
You can take the train from London Paddington to Plymouth then take a local taxi to your accommodation.
Where to stay
Craig recently delivered my Hill and Moorland Leader Award course on Dartmoor. His knowledge of Dartmoor and expertise as a member of the Dartmoor Rescue Group were very much appreciated by my candidates. They were hugely complementary of his knowledge and enthusiasm and I expect to work with Craig again soon.
I would heartily recommend Craig as I found him to be a enthusiastic friendly professional who was diligent and very fair in our assessment. I loved his 'can do' attitude in the face of deteriorating weather conditions and his elation when we got the navigation spot on. I really cannot rate him highly enough.
We had a really enjoyable time. It was an excellent introduction to map reading and navigation and was fun to be guided around such an exposed and isolated area by someone so experienced