Volunteers needed at Haytor on Sunday

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Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 10:32pm

Come along to Haytor this Sunday (8 May) and join Dartmoor National Park Ranger Simon Lee as he leads a team of volunteers to continue working on the popular Templer Way walking route near Haytor. The day runs from 10:30 until 3:30 and starts at the National Park Visitor Centre, Haytor.

The Templer Way follows the route by which granite was taken from the quarries in the Haytor area during the 1800s on an 18 mile journey toTeignmouth on the south coast.

A granite tramway was used to transport the stone down to Stover Canal from where it was shipped down to the docks at Teignmouth. Large parts of the old tramway still exist, especially in the area near Haytor itself.

Conservation work days are a great way of getting healthy exercise in a fantastic environment and meeting like-minded people as well as helping look after this special place. You will also learn more about Dartmoor’s fascinating history and moorland management.

If you are interested in coming along on one of Simon’s Haytor conservation work days please get in touch by emailing slee@dartmoor.gov.uk   or calling 07711 104541. Booking is essential as tools and equipment need to be organised.

For those who come along regularly there will be plenty of variety with practical work being carried out on habitat management and archaeological sites as well as helping keep this iconic Dartmoor location looking good.