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Field Trips

Our meetings are held on the first Monday of each month and start sharp at 7pm unless otherwise indicated. Non-members are welcome but where no charge is mentioned they are asked to contribute £4 towards our expenses. Appropriate footwear and clothing must be worn. Our walks are not suitable for dogs.

 Monday 1st May at 6:30 pm

New Quay a River Port Lost in Time with Pete Houghton

During clearance of the site by the owners, Pete Houghton undertook a watching brief and an archaeological and historical survey of this historic river port on the Tamar. Within this abandoned hamlet and intensive mining area are the remains of buildings, some industrial, dating from the 18th to early 20th centuries as well as limekilns and a saw pit. New Quay is in Gulworthy parish and lies within the World Heritage Site that is the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape. The route is just under a mile long and over mainly level ground with a gentle climb, depending on tide times some areas may be wet underfoot so walking boots (possibly wellies) are recommended. Meet at SX 455 695, limited roadside parking so please car share.

Monday 5th June at 7:00 pm

Weir Quay and the Bere Peninsula with Ann Marcer and Les Deering

The Bere Peninsula grew in importance during the 12th century following the discovery of silver-lead mines in the area which were worked until the late 1800s. The remains of the mining activity are still prominent in the area and will be the focus of this walk but the guides will also cover other aspects of Bere’s industrial heritage by looking at historic quaysides, market gardening and a Victorian basket factory. Ann Marcer and Les Deering are volunteer heritage guides who received in-depth training as part of the Helping Hands for Heritage Project and now lead regular walks in the Tamar Valley for the AONB. The walk will last approximately 2 hours with some hills and muddy paths, please wear appropriate footwear. Meet at SX 433 648 in the car parking area at Weir Quay, Bere Alston PL20 7BS. Limited spaces so please car share.

Monday 3rd July at 7:00 pm

An Exploration of The Upper Meavy Valley and Hart Tor with Dr Tom Greeves

Cultural environmentalist Dr Tom Greeves will lead us across Walkhampton Common, from Princetown to Hart Tor and back, in the Upper Meavy Valley. This landscape contains a diverse and scattered selection of archaeological sites of all periods which includes prehistoric hut circles, tinners’ gullies, earthworks from a national exercise testing shells in the 1860s, and a 19th century rifle range. Dr Greeves has been researching and exploring the moor for many years and was the first Archaeologist to Dartmoor National Park Authority. The route is approximately 2.5 miles over rough moorland so please wear proper walking boots/shoes, and remember weather conditions on the moor can change quickly so please bring appropriate clothing. Meet at SX 589 734 in Princetown Pay & Display Car Park, PL20 6QF.

Monday 7th August at 7 ;00 pm

A River Runs Through It: Ivybridge on the Erme with Lesley Thatcher and Sheila Hancox

Founder members of the Ivybridge Heritage and Archives Group will guide us through the town along the west bank of the River Erme from the New Bridge to Longtimber Woods and back. On the way to The Old Reservoir in the woods, the guides will share the history of sites they have been researching including various public houses, prison cells, churches, former and current schools, Brunel’s Viaduct, the railway station, boundary stones and Stowford Paper Mill. They will also consider the impact of the American Military Camp of WW2 on the town. The route is approximately 2 miles over roads and woodland paths with a gentle uphill climb. Please wear stout shoes as the woods may be muddy. Meet at SX 636 562 in Harford Road Pay & Display Car Park, Ivybridge, PL21 0AS.

Monday 4th September at 6:30 pm

A History of Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth with John Boon

During the early 19th century the three adjoining towns of Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse grew rapidly as the Naval dockyard at Devonport expanded. The resulting growth in population placed an increasing burden on the towns' existing churchyards, and in 1846 the Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse Cemetery Company was established by Act of Parliament and purchased previously undeveloped land at Ford for the formation of a cemetery. Now Plymouth’s oldest working cemetery is run as a charitable trust and John Boon, who will lead the walk, is a former chairman and will reveal the history of the 34.5-acre site.

The walk will last approximately 1.5 hours and will include some uneven surfaces and grass paths, some steep and slippery when wet. Booking essential as places are limited, call Abi on 078910 39845 or email to book. Meet at SX 477 558 outside the Visitor Centre (access from Middle Gate, Ford Park Cemetery, Ford Park Road PL4 6NT where some parking is available).

Summer Programme 2017

Our Summer season 2017 has now finished.

Our next summer programme will commence in May 2018 and will be published on this page shortly beforehand.

Our current Winter Lecture Programme can be found here ARCHAEOLOGY LECTURES