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Field Trips

Please note that in 2018 not all meetings are on the first Monday in the month. In some cases it has been necessary to vary both the time and the day. 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. Further details of the Society's activities can be found overleaf or on our web site                Our walks are not suitable for dogs.


Monday 21st May at 7:00pm

Upper Walkham Valley - Merrivale Newtake & Bronze Age Site

Dave Williams

After a career in the military, Dave pursued his interest in archaeology by first obtaining his degree at Exeter University and then working on a range of archaeological sites & projects. He will share his love of archaeology & Dartmoor by taking us around the Upper Walkham valley and show some of the rich wealth of features to be found there. As well as later & medieval activity we will see Bronze Age settlement & ritual sites. About 3 miles of rough moorland walking. Appropriate footwear & clothing must be worn.         Meet at Four Winds car park on the Princetown to Tavistock road grid ref: SX560750

Monday 4th June at 7:00pm

Eylesbarrow Tin Mine & Tin Processing Works

Tim Ferry

Tim Ferry is a Dartmoor walk guide and voluntary DNP Warden. He will lead us on a venture to Eylesbarrow Tin Min. There and en route we will be able see the numerous remains which illustrate how the 19th Century miners extracted and processed their tin ore. Rough moorland walk of about 3 miles. Appropriate footwear & clothing must be worn. Car share from Cadover Bridge if possible.            Meet at Gutter Tor car park grid ref: SX578673

Saturday 9th June at 10:30am

The Tamar Valley by Train

Clive Charlton

Clive is a retired geography lecturer from Plymouth University, a resident of the Bere Ferrers peninsula and Editor of ‘Tamar’ the journal published by the Friends of the Tamar Valley. The first stage will be a ride on the train to Gunnislake and back to Calstock with a commentary on the history of the line and the landscape across which it was built. The second part will be a walking tour of Calstock starting from Calstock Station at 12:00. Anyone who wishes to travel by car can meet there at the station for the second leg. Steep hills & some footpaths.  Meet in the Foyer of Plymouth Station at 10:30am. You will need to purchase a day return ticket to Gunnislake. We will be catching the 10:54 train and returning by the 15:56 train depending upon weather etc.

Monday 2nd July at 7:00pm

Dartington Deer Park – a larder for the nobility

Joan Price

Joan served for a number of years as our Secretary and has always had a keen interest in local history. Dartington Deer Park has been restored and restocked thanks to a large lottery grant. A 3 mile footpath will enable us to see the rabbit warren, a medieval viewing platform (& hopefully some fallow deer), the groynes along the Dart to maximise the catch of salmon and enjoy this asset. Suitable footwear & clothing should be worn. Parking in the car parks cost £1 for 4 hours.

Meet under the arch by the visitor centre at Dartington Hall grid ref: SX799629.

Saturday 28th July at 10:30am

Mt Edgcumbe ‘Seats with a View’ walk

This will be an informal walk led by committee members to look at some of the renovated features mentioned by James Gossip, Cornwall Archaeological Unit, in his lecture to us last October. It will be based on the ‘Seats with a View’ historic landscape walk published by Mt Edgcumbe County Park. The PAS walk will cover the more accessible features but afterwards folk can do their own thing and enjoy the Park or Cawsand options as they wish. Meet at the Drywalk Car Park (has toilets) which is uphill from the House and to the SW. Grid ref: SX450527. If using the Cremyll Ferry the 09:45 sailing from Stonehouse should suffice.

Monday 3rd September at 6:30pm

Mt Batten Peninsula & Artillery Tower

Nigel Overton

Nigel Overton is the Maritime Heritage Officer at the City Museum. He and the other Museum staff are extremely busy working on the new presentations to go in The Box. He has kindly agreed to revisit the Peninsula and take us up onto the Artillery Tower. We may have complications with this arrangement and if successful it might involve a charge. Meet at the propeller on the green grid ref: SX486533. The ferry from the Barbican does not run on Monday evenings but Stagecoach bus No 2 runs from Saltash to Mt Batten.

Summer Programme 2018

Our Summer Programme 2018 has now finished.

Our next Summer Programme will commence in May 2019 and will be published on this page shortly beforehand.

Our current Winter Programme can be found here ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD TRIPS