Over the weekend the 10 Tors Challenge took place on Dartmoor. With Pete Davies, I run the National Trust’s Wild Tribe teams and we work very closely with Torquay Boys Grammar School. In total we had 8 teams out on the moor – three 35 milers, two 45ers and three 55 mile teams. All successfully completed their walks and we were able to leave the moor by 12.45pm on the Sunday. A hugely successful weekend for everyone and a brilliant culmination to the months of training. Well done to all our teams.
Belted Galloway cattle grazing on the flanks of Rowtor. These cattle were put onto the moor from their winter grazing pastures immediately after the start – hours earlier 2400 young people walked up the hills from the start- the delay in releasing them onto the Common ensured there were no dangerous cattle / young people interactions!
This is the National Trust Wild Tribe 35 mile team approaching the finish
This is the National Trust Wild Tribe 45 mile team
Receiving their medals on the podium
This is the National Trust Wild Tribe 55 mile team coming down from Rowtor
Approaching the finish line
All done! Covering 55 miles (and the rest) in under 30 hours is a fantastic achievement.
Looking down at the finish – lots of supporters waiting to greet their teams
Looking across to West Mill Tor and Yes Tor – it all looks very calm and quiet.
One of the highlights of my year – the seventh year the National Trust has run and supported 10 Tors teams – hopefully many more to come.
All those young people who complete the 10 Tors Challenge undergo a life changing experience which gives them all sorts of skills for their coming lives: resilience, comradeship, fitness, leadership, endurance and a love of Dartmoor and the outdoors.
Thanks to the Army for organising it and thanks to the many volunteers and staff of TBGS who help the National Trust and its Wild Tribe teams participate.