GROUP EXPERIENCES

We understand the demands of organising groups and ensuring everyone will have a special experience during their stay at Stickwick. We welcome those whom wish to bring their own groups or guests.

Here are a few ideas for those groups looking to make the most out of your stay:

 

WALKING

Moorland Guides
www.moorlandguides.co.uk

If you cannot find a particular walk you want then you can always hire a guide for the day to provide a bespoke walk for your needs. Whether you are an individual or a group needing a guide, we have many guides with a wide knowledge of all aspects of Dartmoor and we can certainly provide an expert for your particular walk. If you are a school then please refer to the schools section for UK and also international schools. This guide hire area is for private individuals and groups and not educational trips.

Approx cost £70 – £120 for half to full day

Moorland Guides can provide local, well-informed and friendly guides to come with your party to conduct guided coach tours on Dartmoor and beyond!

Whether you are a energetic group with older clientele who simply want a tour and a cream tea or a group who want to have a tour plus a gentle stroll to see the ponies and monuments – we can tailor a day or half-day to meet your requirements.

Dartmoor Daughter – Guided walks + Moor
www.facebook.com/DartmoorsDaughter

Dartmoor’s Daughter focuses on nature connection to improve physical health and emotional wellbeing. Our guided walks and activities for adults, families and children include learning how to dowse days; painting & sketching afternoons; wild foods & foraging journeys; mindfulness meanders; navigation training days; tracking games; and nature trails. Private walks, groups, birthday events, and talks also available. Anyone who joins our walks and events report a greater sense of wellbeing as well enjoyment, fun and learning.

Park Run
www.parkrun.org.uk/parke

5km run every Saturday at green park lands of  Parke Estate 9am

Templer Way – Walk
www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/templer-way-walking-route

Follow the 18 miles of Templer Way from Haytor on Dartmoor to the seaport of Teignmouth via Newton Abbot. The walk includes a wooded section through Yarner Woods near the route start and also visits the delightful Stover Country Park. With 14 acres of woodland, heathland, grassland, lake and marsh and a substantial variety of wildlife it is a real highlight on the walk.
Shortly after passing Newton Abbot you will join the River Teign for a beautiful waterside section that leads to the finish point at Teignmouth.
The walk is named after the Templer family who constructed the Stover Canal and Tramway to transport granite from Haytor Quarry to the coast at Teignmouth.

 

CYCLING/ELECTRIC BIKE HIRE/TOURS

Dartmoor Electric Cycles
www.dartmoorelectricbicycles.co.uk

All rides encompass the history and traditions of Dartmoor, outstanding views, flora fauna, and have a number of interesting stopping points and optional short excursions that can be made on foot. 

£35 (3 hours) per person. Helmets included. Participants must be over 14.

Our bikes are available for hire if you would prefer to explore Dartmoor on your own.

They can be picked up from Beltor carpark near Poundsgate or brought to your location for an extra charge (which will vary depending on the distance).  We will show you how the bikes work, give you some tips on places to go, convenient pubs for lunch etc. and agree a return time.

Touring e-bike £30 per day.

Hybrid e-bike £35 per day.

Full Suspension Mountain e-bike £40 per day.

The hire period is up to 10 hours with overnight possible by prior arrangement.

This includes helmets, hi viz jackets, panniers, locks and maps with suggested routes.

Puffing Billy
www.puffingbillycycles.com/cycle-hire

At Puffing Billy Cycles we only hire out good quality bikes that we ourselves would enjoy riding. Dartmoor and the South Hams is great cycling country but it can be tough and we want you to get the most enjoyable time possible. We have bikes for all ages and sizes although there are legal age restrictions on the electric bike hire .. sorry kids.

In the shop we can supply you with route maps of our recommended local rides down quiet tracks or larger loops taking in some of the local Pubs, handy for lunch. Just ask when you’re in the shop and we’ll get you sorted.

Walk and Cycle
www.dartmoorwalksthisway.co.uk

DARTMOOR WALKS & ELECTRIC BIKES:  Explore the lovely Dartmoor National Park on foot or on a top-quality electric bike – or both.  We offer guided tours, designed to suit you, that start from a variety of locations on Dartmoor and last a full or half day.

Grantie Way – Cycle Trail
www.cycleseven.org/the-granite-way

The Granite Way is a cycle track built on the dismantled London and Southwestern Railway line – later used by the Great Western Railway, and still later by BR Southwestern Region – between Lydford and Okehampton, Devon. It is maintained by a partnership of Sustrans and Devon County Council. It forms part of Route 27.

The Dartmoor Way – Cycle Route
www.dartmoorway.co.uk/home.php

The Dartmoor Way Cycle Route is a 95 mile-long circular route which winds its way around the natural beauty of Dartmoor National Park, linking hamlets, villages and towns along its length.

Haldon Forest – Cycle Trail
www.forestcyclehire.co.uk

Forest Cycle Hire Limited is the only approved cycle hire centre based at the 3,500 acre site of Haldon Forest Park near Exeter.
The hire centre has over a hundred adult and child mountain bikes as well as the ever popular tag-a-longs and child seats.
We use top quality helmets for hire and our bikes are replaced regularly and constantly maintained to ensure the best quality.

We have purpose built trails from easy to technical, providing cycling for all.

Tavistock Cycle Route
www.devon.gov.uk/cycling-maps-tavistock.pdf

26 mile route. Tavistock is a thriving market town. The Pannier Market, first held in 1105, still takes place every Friday. A Benedictine Abbey was founded on the banks of the River Tavy in 974. Ruins of this abbey may be seen close to Bedford Square, where the cycle route begins.

The route passes close to Brent Tor. If you decide to do the longer journey, then you will also pass Lydford Gorge and Waterfall (National Trust) and Lydford Castle (English Heritage).
This route is not suitable for young children as the route from Tavistock to Lydford is on a road which has fast traffic.

Bovey Tracey – Newton Abbot Cycle Route
www.devon.gov.uk/cycling-maps-newtonabbot.pdf

This is a linear route that links the two South Devon towns of Newton Abbot and Bovey Tracey. It is aimed at good cyclists above the age of 11 years old, as 80% of the route is on road with traffic.

 

LLAMA TREKING

Dartmoor Lama Walks
www.dartmoorllamawalks.co.uk

We are offering a range of guided Alpaca & Llama Walks on Dartmoor, no need to worry about carrying your picnic lunch as our experienced trekking llamas will carry this for you.

We will give you a flavour of the different aspects of the moor whether it be craggy granite tors, heather moorland, patchwork farmland, deep wooded gorges or tumbling rivers. The Dartmoor National Park covers an area of 368 square miles and is the largest and wildest area of open country in southern England. Dartmoor has lots of historic relics from Bronze age Hut Circles to Tin Mining, we will give you lots of information about how it is to live and work on the Moor past and present.

Approx £30 per person for 2 hours

 

WATER SPORTS

South West Lakes
www.southwestlakes.co.uk

Explore the great outdoors and have a day filled with fun and adventure, catch fish, build dens, get on your bike or explore our South West lakes by boat or foot. There’s plenty of free and fun things to do at the lakes so ditch the ipads and discover our superb woodlands, spot birds, bugs and everything in between or take to the water and experience a real life adventure as a family.

Our lakes provide the perfect setting for a great day out in Cornwall, Devon and on Exmoor. Venture along our trails and encounter nature face to face, refuel at our onsite cafés with delicious snacks, cakes and hot drinks. There’s masses of things to do – try an activity on or off the water for the very first time, shoot an arrow or swing through the trees, discover paddle boarding or explore our lakes by canoe. Extend your stay and enjoy a night under canvas, create a family holiday packed with new experiences creating lifelong memories.

 

QUAD BIKE, PAINT BALL, GO KARTING ETC

Ashcombe Adventure Centre
www.ashcombeadventure.co.uk

Ashcombe Adventure Centre Ltd, Colley Lane (B3192),Ashcombe, Near Dawlish, EX7 0QD- Tel: 866 766 (10 miles, 25 min drive from Stickwick)

Set in Devon’s glorious rolling countryside, 15 mins from Exeter and using our unrivalled range of outdoor activities, we design action packed events that are memorable, rewarding and fun, such as Paintball!
Ashcombe Adventure Centre, nr Exeter in Devon has been purpose built for year round outdoor entertainment. Whether you are young and active or old and bold, we cater for all manner of events, ranging from Paintballing, Team Building and Corporate events, Stag and Hen weekends, to Rewards or Celebrations of any kind.
All our events must be pre-booked as they are designed specifically to meet your requirements.

 

HORSE RIDING

Shilstone Riding Stables
www.dartmoorstables.com

Riding is a great way to see Dartmoor. Based in the National Park at Widecombe in-the Moor, Shilstone Rocks offers excellent riding over Dartmoor for complete beginners to experienced riders. To give a more personal service rides are organised into groups of 4 or less (larger groups accommodated), and are tailored to individual experience. Our qualified ride leaders and instructors will give you as much or as little instruction as you require both before and during your ride.

Babeny Stables
www.babenystables.co.uk

Open from Saturday 1st April 2017 until 31st October 2017

Babeny Farm is one of the most respected riding establishments in the area operating for over 30 years.

Riding across Dartmoor is an excellent and easy way to discover the beauty and tranquillity of one of the most natural places in England. We are lucky enough to be able to experience 360 views, cross rivers and explore forest tracks. So whatever the weather a good ride is assured.

If you have never ridden before, why not try now! With our friendly and experienced staff we are sure you will enjoy the experience that Babeny Farm Stables has to offer.

Hacks – These are for any ability from complete beginner to the experienced. We try to split rides to ability but all needs will be catered for by the escort if it is a mixed group.

Pub Ride – Whilst any ability can go on a pub ride, as it is approximately 3 hours in the saddle we would advise that some experience is preferable or a hearty confidence and constitution! The ride consists of approximately one and a half hours ride to the pub, approx an hour in the pub and one and a half hours ride home again. The rides leave the yard at 10:30am and returns at around 2.15pm . They are ideal for groups of mixed abilities as all levels of experience can ride together. They are often great fun for a Hen or Stag party.

We look forward to meeting you and escorting you on one of our rides.

 

COOKING

Ashburton Cookery School
www.ashburtoncookeryschool.co.uk

The Ashburton Cookery School is one of the UK’s top cookery schools offering inspirational cookery courses led by professional chefs.

With over 40 cookery courses to choose from, designed to suit beginners as well as experienced home cooks we will teach you to cook with imagination, passion and enjoyment. If you want to take your cookery skills to the next level we have a cookery course for you.

 

SHOOTING (CLAY PIGEON/SIMULATED GAME SHOOT)

Devon Clay Shooting
www.devonclayshooting.co.uk

Jason Bruckner, owner of Devon Clay Shooting, has been shooting clays and game for well over 30 years. He is game underkeeper at Frost Shoot near Hennock in the Teign Valley, and also enjoys competing in local and national clay competitions.  All abilities catered for

 

WINE TASTING

Sharpham
www.sharpham.com/tours

Vineyard Ramble – Private, guided tour of the vineyard for groups of 10+ together with a tasting of our wine and cheese (styles as available). Great for hen parties, birthdays, wine clubs and staff parties. Duration approximately 1.5hrs, by appointment only.

Taylor-make your tour with a glass of our award winning Fizz on your arrival – add £5 per person

Cost: From £14.95 per person (children under 14, accompanied by an adult are FREE!)

 

MURDER MYSTERY

Candle light murder mystery
www.candlelightmurdermystery.co.uk

We are the production company behind probably the best Murder Mystery nights in the South West. Established in 1994 we have strong and respected reputation for providing first class entertainment.

Our nights are great fun and are ideal for that special night out, for staff parties or for company team building events. Our murder mysteries are also proving very popular for weddings, Birthdays, Hen Parties, Christmas Parties, Celebration and Charity Events – as well as Corporate and other private events, throughout the South West

 

CRAFTS- SEWING/QUILTING

Serendipity- Bespoke craft morning/makes available for groups
www.serendipityquilts.co.uk

 

OTHER BITS

Karaoke

Why not ask as about hiring a karaoke machine so you can all let you hair down in the evening and have a laugh

Catering

Why not take the pressure off feeding large numbers. We have a number of contacts, from chefs whom will simply drop off a meal to reheat, to that of cooking, serving and clearing up that perfect celebration meal.
Those with busy days planned ahead could benefit from having a real home cooked delicious local breakfast, cooked for you and served in the Manor to all your guests.  This way ensuing no one person has the responsibility of the cleaning up of the whole group.

Transport

If you need help with transporting your group around to activities we have some great contacts for mini bus and large taxis companies, whom know the lanes like the back of their hand.

Just Ask

If you wish to bring your own group to Stickwick, or require help with a different activity or experience, please just ask.