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Field Trips

Archaeology Field Trips

Our meetings are held on the first Monday of each month and start sharp at 7pm unless otherwise indicated. They are open to non-members (except where indicated below) but a £4 donation is requested to cover our expenses. Appropriate footwear & clothing must be worn. Our walks are not suitable for dogs.

Monday 2nd May


The history, mining operations and an account of the conservation works (1999-2001)

Leader: Colin Buck

Colin Buck is a Senior Archaeologist with the Cornwall Archaeological Unit and Historic Buildings consultant and site archaeologist for the Tamar Mines Heritage Project. Colin will lead us on a walk, taking about two hours, around the top part of the Clitters Mine site (engine houses etc), then down inclines and through the mine to lower parts of the C20 processing mill, C19 enginehouse and adit down to the River Tamar – then back up the hill! Meet at 7pm at parking  area close to site at SX 4194 7198. This is a mine site with vegetation, trip hazards and steep slopes; please wear stout footwear and suitable clothing.

Monday 6th June


Leader: Andrew Crabb

Andrew Crabb has worked as an archaeologist for Dartmoor National Park and English Heritage for over 10 Years. He will lead us on a walk over Mardon Down, including Dartmoor’s largest stone circle, a fine cairn alignment, prehistoric field boundaries, a Cross and some impressive WW2 field remains. The exact route will be determined on the day, with a short option of about 3km, or a longer option, about 6km with some steep ascent and descent, circling back via the hamlet of Doccombe using historic routeways. There will be rough moorland and gorse bushes. Stout footwear, long trousers (to guard against ticks), waterproofs and warm clothing are advised. Bring drinks and snacks if you wish. Meet at 7pm at the SE corner of Mardon Down (SX 7699 8687). There is parking space here and about 750m to the west (SX 7633 8720). Please car share if possible.

Monday 4th July


Leader: Nigel Overton

MountBatten is the site of an important late Bronze Age and Romano British trading settlement; a burial ground for plague victims; fought over in the Civil War; guarded by a C17 gun tower; painted by Turner; an industrial past; a popular beach; a Victorian Breakwater; RNAS Cattewater & RAF Mount Batten; planes that float and boats that fly (and not forgetting Lawrence of Arabia). Nigel, Curator for City and Maritime Heritage at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, and a popular leader of guided tours, will lead us on a meander of up to a mile, mostly on coastal footpaths and adjoining public spaces, to help us to appreciate Mount Batten’s very varied history. Meet at 7pm at the Mount Batten ‘arena’, by the mounted aircraft propeller, (SX 485 533). Some steep steps and paths up onto the headland; please wear suitable footwear and clothing.

Monday 1st August


Leader: Brian Steele

The Walk and Talk will take you around the old Radford estate visiting the Radford arboretum and several old buildings around the Radford lake including Radford castle, about ½ mile in all. If there is time, there will also be a short PowerPoint presentation and a cup of tea. Brian Steele is a retired Community Education officer with a keen interest in local history. Meet at 7pm at the car park by the entrance to Mayers Way in Radford Dip, Hooe Road, Plymstock (SX 507 525). At the bottom of the dip a road goes off to the right (Mayers Way). This road goes to the Radford water treatment site and to Beckly centre. The car park is on the left before you enter Mayers way. Uneven paths in parts of the woods, so please wear suitable shoes.

Monday 5th September


Prehistoric hut circles to a C19 rifle range

Leader: Dr Tom Greaves

Dr Greeves, now a freelance cultural environmentalist, has spent many years researching and exploring Dartmoor. On this walk of about 2.5 miles over Walkhampton Common, out to Hart Tor and back, he will show us prehistoric hut circles, a C19 rifle range, tinners’ gullies and earthworks from a national excercise testing shells in the 1860s. Meet at 6.15pm for a prompt 6.30pm start at the Princetown pay and display car park (SX 589 734). Rough moorland walking, so please be properly shod and clothed for Dartmoor.

Our meetings are held on the first Monday of each month and start sharp at 7pm unless otherwise indicated. Non-members are welcome but where no charge is mentioned they are asked to contribute £4 towards our expenses. Appropriate footwear and clothing must be worn. Our walks are not suitable for dogs.

Summer Programme 2016

Our Summer Programme 2016 has now finished.

Our next summer season will commence in May 2017 and will be published on this page shortly beforehand.

Our current Winter Lecture Programme can be found here WINTER LECTURE PROGRAMME