Midnight Madness


Head west out of Princetown on the disused rail track, toward Criptor Path and CP1. Head downhill and rejoin the rail track and turn left to continue along the railway to CP2 at Routrundle. Continue south along the track, going over the B3212, until you reach the road junction near Lowery Cross, CP3. Turning left, follow the path or lane to Cross Gate, staying on the track to Leather Tor Bridge and CP4. From here continue along the path to leave the forest and onto the open moorland and continue until CP5. Turn north here, and passing South Hessary Tor, return to Princetown along Tavistock Road, and then back to the school. Total length 11.4 miles.

Suggested Equipment: Suitable equipment for a night on the moor in July, bearing in mind possible conditions. You should have at least a map, compass, torch, food and fluids, whistle, waterproofs, hat, gloves and suitable footwear. For greater safety also take a first aid kit, survival bag and spare clothing, food, batteries and bulb.

Skills: As some of the walk is on moorland, at least one of the team must have basic navigation, compass and map reading skills.

Timings: The walk will start at 2100 hours and no walkers will be allowed to start after 2115. The cut off time for the finish will be 0400 hours on Sunday. Please remember that by the time you return to Princetown the inhabitants will be asleep and would appreciate it if they could remain that way.

Car Parking: There are spaces in the School car park, in the National Park car park (for which there may be a charge) and on roads within Princetown.

Preparation of Own Route: The walk will start and finish at Princetown Primary School. The route supplied has the grid references for five checkpoints and some other points on the suggested route; each team must plan and prepare their own routes using the information given. The aim of the walk is to visit all five checkpoints and be at the Primary School at Princetown before 0400 hours.

The Map used or the information and preparation of this walk is Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure Number 28, Map of Dartmoor North & South, 1:25,000.

Thank you for supporting this walk; we hope you enjoy the experience of walking at night on Dartmoor, and hope to see you again on one of our other walks. Watch our web site for detail of our next walk.

Personal details will only be used for Mountain Rescue fundraising purposes.


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Did you know that The Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team Plymouth:

  • Is a voluntary organisation, a registered charity funded by donation
  • Provides a vital all year round search and rescue service throughout South West
    Devon, East Cornwall and Dartmoor
  • Provides the Police with well in excess of 1,000 man-hours of search resources annually
  • Oversees the safety of over 2,000 children during the annual Ten Tors event
  • Provides a valuable search resource that regularly helps the elderly, infirm and those with mental health conditions
  • Pays nothing to volunteers for their role
  • Assists at public events providing first aid cover with our qualified Casualty Carers, some of whom are medical staff in their day jobs