Join us for an astronomical adventure in the heart of the moor. With Jupiter visible in the sky, and a host of other astronomical wonders to enjoy, this promises to be a memorable night. In clear weather, we will walk together up to Hound Tor where Dartmoor’s Daughter will share its geology, history and associated legends, and Dartmoor Skies will guide you through the visible constellations, the vast number of star clusters, nebula and galaxies, as well as set up telescopes so you can explore the night sky at your leisure.
If the weather isn’t favourable, we will instead meet in the private dining room of 'The Kestor Inn' in Water near Manaton where there will be talks with slides. The Kestor Inn is a 10 min drive from Hound Tor and you are invited to go there for pre-event drinks and/or dinner (address & directions below).
Date: Friday 12th May 2017
Level: Easy - the walk is a gentle uphill path to the tor, where we will sit together for a few hours to enjoy talks and viewing the night skies
What to wear/bring: Plenty of warm layers, sturdy walking boots, waterproof jacket & trousers, snacks, warm drink, something to sit on, and (head)torches with red film covers or rear bicycle lamps.
Meeting place (clear weather): Swallerton Gate car park (near Hound Tor). Grid Ref SX739792. Nearest postcode is TQ13 9XG (please do not rely on your sat nav to get you to the exact location).
Cost: £12 adults and £5 Under 16’s. 10% family discount for 2 adults & 2 children. Group size is limited to ensure enjoyment and safety so pre-booking is essential.
When you book please provide your email address and contact number so we can contact you prior to the event.
Wet weather/Cloud Skies plan: If the weather is inclement, then instead we will enjoy our evening inside together for talks and slides at The Kestor Inn, a 10 min drive from Hound Tor. And you are invited to purchase drinks and snacks during the evening. Please check your emails on the morning of the event to know where to meet.
Address: The Kestor Inn, Manaton, Devon, TQ13 9UF. Please call ahead to book a table for pre-event dinner - 01647 221626 (cost of drinks & dinner is extra to the event fee). Sample menu is here http://www.kestorinn.com/menu.html
*Dartmoor’s Daughter offers guided walks and nature connection experiences to improve physical health and emotional wellbeing for adults, children, and teams https://www.facebook.com/DartmoorsDaughter/
*Dartmoor Skies is a charity that aims to inspire people about astronomy and science. 50% of the event profits go towards their funding and equipment - http://dartmoorskies.org/
DNPA: is aware of this event and it will follow their event management guidelines. If you want to enjoy the night sky at Hound Tor, or anywhere else on Dartmoor, you are free to do so.