Plymouth University of the Third Age


MUD Walks

Group Leader: John R
Venue: Meet on site at start of walk
Day: 1st Thursday
Time: 10:15 for 10:30 start

  • Beautiful Dartmoor
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Dartmoor is an ancient and compelling landscape, seemingly very natural but in reality much modified by our predecessors.

The legacy on Dartmoor is everywhere to be seen; from Bronze Age settlements, quarrying of granite & slate, tinning, excavation of peat & clay, to farming and all the resources needed for them such as 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 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 go fully equipped for walking on Dartmoor (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. The MUD Walks group caters for those with a passion for learning about the history and environment of this truly wonderful area.

Walk details are sent out to members of the group a couple of weeks in advance by e-mail.

Upcoming MUD walks:-
July: The Powdermills (Dave B)
August: Morwellham (Sarah)
September: Shaugh Lake China Clay & RAF Hawks Tor (John R)
October: Follow the Leat 3 Grimstone & Sortridge (John D)