Wild Dartmoor Expedition

A five-day programme giving the chance to develop basic expedition skills, explore Dartmoor’s wilder areas and learn more about its landscape and wildlife.


Explore some of the hidden areas of Dartmoor. Experience camping wild in a secluded valley, trekking into the deep and little visited upper Dart Gorge and seeing one of Dartmoor’s most beautiful tributaries.

The 3 day 2 night programme is designed to challenge and inform, focusing on team work and how to discover personal strengths.
This programme is our most demanding Expedition and is best suited to Year 5+*.

The programme includes a 2 day walking expedition. While on expedition the groups will navigate, wild camp, rock climb, abseil, cross a river with a raft. The programme will have various elment to challenge and develop good team work.

*Younger year groups have done the programme with adjustments



Day 1

Meet at Powdermills Bunkhouse, settle in and unpack. Briefing and preparation for the expedition.

Depart carring personal food and kit. All tents etc are driven to camp ready for arrival.

The team will navigate to camp, set up tent and unpack. The the campsite is a beautiful shelterd spot on the the East Dart River. There will be plenty of down time to relax and to enjoy simple camp activities. The groups will cook for themselves on gas stove and spend time around the camp fire.


Day 2

The expedition will pack up and leave after breakfast.

Travelling light now they carry on without large rucksack to explore the River Dart in the upper gorge. Walking into a spectacular inaccessible landscape following the now enlarged river.

After traveling deep into the achent forest we arrive at Lucky Tor. The expedition then climbs the northern face of the tor and then abseils down the south side.

We have lunch on the grassy base of the tor before crossing the river either by rope bridge or raft (dependant on conditions). When on the other side we then climb a side valley through more forest passing waterfalls and narrow carved river channels.

We finally arrive at Venford reservoir to meet our tyransport back the bunkhouse. We follow with a relaxing evening after showers and a good meal.

Day 3

The third day current offers a choice of a day at a lake with raft building and kayaking or Team build and problem solving challenges. The session is just a taster of kayaking skills, games and raft construction. The lake is 45 minutes away and we normally have around 3-4 hours there.

The challenge day will take place at our Powdermills site. The session involves a range of team tasks involving construction, cognitive and physical tasks with team work on a time project to win a prize.

The whole programme culminates in a review and awarding our Gold Explorer Badge to each participant.

High Dartmoor Expedition

  • Three day, two night expedition
  • Camping and back- packing
  • Navigation
  • Camp craft outtdoor cookery
  • Team challenges or kayaking
  • Climbing and abseiling
  • Wildlife exploration
  • Personal development
  • Students & Teachers – Staying at our Powdermills Bunkhouse plus a night camping.

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£159.00 + VAT per child

High Dartmoor Expedition Gallery

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01822 880277



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United Kingdom

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