Five Minutes with Dartmoor's Daughter

Dartmoor’s Daughter

1)    In just a few sentences, could you describe your business? 

Nature-connection walks and experiences for adults, families, friends, and teams. From navigation training and animal tracking to dowsing, foraging, and astronomy - we aim to bring alive all the senses by immersing ourselves in this ancient, wild, and extraordinary landscape so that we can feel greater health and wellbeing.

2)   When did you start your business?

 2015 - almost three years ago exactly!

3)   What ignited the spark in you to start Dartmoor’s Daughter?

My previous 20 years global business career was thrilling but stressful. Towards the end of it, I became ill with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and so, after a few years, moved back to Devon and started walking on Dartmoor again. My grandfather Eric Hemery was ’The' Dartmoor Guide in the 1950s offering walks and pony treks. He later wrote many well regarded books about Dartmoor. I didn’t know him well but through my mother Sally and grandmother Val’s love of Dartmoor, I reconnected to this extraordinary landscape and realised that I wanted to share its history, myths, people, wildlife, and its therapeutic possibilities with others. Dartmoor’s (grand)Daughter was born.

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Image Credit Serendidai Von Moravia

4)   What have been some of your greatest memories from your business so far?

 So many amazing memories, it’s difficult to chose:

*Standing on top of Kestor watching the glorious red golds of the sun setting on one side of us and the full beautiful moon rising on the other

*Discovering and then walking the ‘sacred crescent’ of 8 ancient stone circles on north east Dartmoor

*Hearing the plaintive call of the rare Dartmoor curlew, and then hearing the migrant nightjars churring at dusk

*Learning about the night skies and looking through a telescope at the surface of the moon and Jupiter’s moons

*Skinny dipping in a favourite wild swim spot in the heat of the day

*The extraordinary and encouraging feedback from people who come on my walks. Many say that our themed walks and experiences are unique and that they’ve never experienced Dartmoor in the way we share with them. Several report a greater sense of wellbeing at the end of the walk than when they felt when they arrived. Children don’t ask for their iPhones or complain about walking when they’re engaged with fun and learning activities.

*Dartmoor’s Daughter has just this week received a ‘2018 Certificate of Excellence’ from TripAdvisor which is 'based on the consistently great reviews’. That’s pretty exciting!

*And lastly, collaborations with carefully selected experts have offered fascinating insights in birdsong, archaeology, wild foods, and art. And supporting local businesses, farmers, pubs, B&Bs, etc along the way has been important to me so there’s been some great memories there too.

5)   If you could escape the outside world and head to one location on Dartmoor, where would it be and why?

That would be telling, you’ll have to walk with me to find out my favourite spots!

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Image Credit Claire Tregaskis

6)   What are your top essential items to have on you when trekking on Dartmoor?

Map and compass

Clothing layers and waterproofs - the weather is so changeable

Mobile phone (for safety) and camera

Drink & snacks in case I stay out longer than planned

Presence of mind and sense of curiosity (I notice more and ‘drink it all in’ along the way)


7)   Why is it so important to spend time on Dartmoor?

Understanding our history can help give us a greater sense of self and local community. This landscape is one of the richest living and working archaeological sites in Europe

Connection to wild nature and wide, open spaces reminds us that we are part of this extraordinary living, breathing earth and not here to just take from and damage it

Walking untrodden paths, having to be aware of difficult terrain, and possible fast weather changes offers us a sense of being ‘in the present moment and therefore greater wellbeing, relaxation, gratitude, and calm

Depending on our distance, pace, and regularity we can improve our physical health and fitness

8)   Do you organise other events other than walks?

Yes many!

For adults - dowsing, astronomy, navigation, birdsong, archaeology, stone circles, mindfulness, foraging, art, wild swims, and many more

For children - nature treasure hunts, letterboxing, crafting, animal tracking, map reading

And we also facilitate workshops, retreats, team-building activities, birthday parties, hen groups, and more.

9)  If you’re not out on Dartmoor, where are you?

A beautiful beach with a wide stretch of ocean to swim in.


10) Where can we keep up with all your latest adventures!?


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To receive 10% off your next walking adventure with Dartmoor’s Daughter, quote EDGEMOOR when booking!

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Image Credit Steve Haywood

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