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Field Trips

Please note that in 2019 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.


No need to book  -  Just turn up (except 29th June)


Monday 3rd June at 7:00pm

A Walk from Princetown to Hart Tor

Dr Tom Greeves

Dartmoor historian & archaeologist Dr Tom Greeves will lead us from Princetown to Hart Tor to see prehistoric hut circles, tinworks, 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 appropriate clothing and remember it is always cooler at Princetown !

Meet at SX 5893 7349 in Princetown Pay & Display Car Park, PL20 6QF.

Saturday 29th June at 10:15 am. at the Cawsand ferry on the Barbican

or 11.00 am at ‘The Bound’ above the beach, near the toilets in Cawsand.

Gaetan Poiret

 CAWSAND and KINGSAND: an interactive walk and talk. Leader: Gaetan Poiret. Those on the ferry will experience what it was like to land on Cawsand beach in the past as the village has kept its authenticity. We will walk through the village and learn about its origins and construction, how people adapted to the landscape and built this authentic Cornish fishing village. At the border of the counties we will stop for lunch. Orders for a pub lunch will have to be taken well in advance but some may prefer to buy pasties or bring a picnic Then during the afternoon walk we will learn about the history of Kingsand, the smuggling tales and some colourful characters from the past. We will visit the local art gallery if there is time and hopefully enjoy a talk from the owner. There may even be time for a drink before the ferry departs at 16.30. If you are taking the 10.30 am ferry (meet at 10.15) to Cawsand please let Anne know by 10th June at the latest but the sooner the better (01752 662441 or The ferry is £5  adult single, £2.50  child single, bicycles £2.50. Cash only on board. Likewise if you want a pub lunch then please let Anne know by the same date or sooner to ensure that everyone can be catered for.

Monday 5th August at 6:30pm

Wigford Down: a Premier Archaeological Landscape

Dr Bob Bruce

A long retired marine scientist and keen mountain & moorland walker, Bob discovered archaeology late in life by stumbling over BA Reaves etc on Dartmoor. He is a member of PAS, DAS, DA, DTRG & the Prehistoric Society. Leads walks & surveys sites. Wigford Down was designated a PAL by English Heritage because of its wealth of archaeology. We should see an ancient cross, Bronze Age cairns, a cist, field systems & hut circles plus medieval longhouses and their fields. Note 6:30 start because light will be closing in. Walk about 2½ miles of relatively easy moorland walking. Wear suitable footwear & clothing but not shorts because of the risk of sheep ticks in the bracken. Meet at SX5546 6484   NOT the main Cadover Bridge car park. Go north over the bridge to the parking area beside the old china clay pits/angling ponds up the hill to left of road.

Monday September 2nd 2019.

Sutton Harbour. 400 years ago.

Mr Chris Robinson

With 2020 in mind, Plymouth Historian Chris Robinson will attempt to give us an idea  of what the area around Sutton Harbour was like in 1620 and then walk us through the old streets of the old town highlighting those elements that our proverbial ancestors would recognise as being there in their day.

Meet at the Mayflower Steps at 6.15 p.m.

Summer Programme 2019

Our 2019 summer programme has now finished

The next summer programme will commence in May 2020 and will be published on this page. Our Winter Lecture programme 2019-2020 can be found here.