Ten Tors Challenge

Welcome to Ten Tors 2018

Welcome to the Ten Tors 2018 web site. You can look back on Ten Tors 2017 and previous years in the archive.

Want to know where you actually went during the Ten Tors Challenge 2017? Find out here.

 

TT Secretary's Notices

Tue 14 Nov 2017 — LIMITATIONS ON USE OF DARTMOOR FOR TEN TORS TRAINING

To address concerns for Dartmoor’s precious environment, some limitations have been agreed with the National Park Authority. Rob Steemson, who has been coordinating action, emphasises that while Ten Tors may contribute to wear and tear, it is only one of Dartmoor’s uses that can cause environmental damage.

A reminder of Ten Tors Rule 34 - Route Selection. To spread wear on the countryside whilst training, Team Managers are strongly encouraged to use areas other than Dartmoor, including both lowland and other local moorland areas, to select sites other than the tops of tors as checkpoints, and to make use of public rights of way. Care must be taken not to damage areas that are protected as Scheduled Monuments, Sites of Special Scientific Interest or Rare Bird Nesting Areas.

Nesting birds versus erosion. In selecting where you walk, it is preferable to stick to existing paths and tracks rather than to spread out, which is likely to disturb ground nesting birds.

Safety Controls and Checkpoints. The locations used for the Ten Tors Challenge get more wear than other areas. Please avoid them, particularly the moor end of the Fernworthy bridleway and Sittaford Tor.

Lane End. The frequently used route between the Lane End car park and the Nattor Down Leat bridge SX540825 becomes muddy after rain owing to seepage from the leat, exacerbated by storms, gorse channelling access and heavy use. The state of the area will be monitored and direction given if the other Leat bridges are to be used.

Postbridge Driftway. Thanks in part to your Donations for Dartmoor, considerable work has been completed to restore access to the Driftway, which is the bridleway between the west of the Postbridge Visitor Centre along the west bank of the East Dart and the gate at the beech hedge.

Hartyland Access Land. Although the field SX646792 is access land, to reduce wear, please stick to the public footpath that traverses the east and north edge rather than taking a diagonal line through the field.

Hartland Tor. Restoration work is being carried out on Hartland Tor’s water eroded paths. Please follow the direction given by the signs, which will keep you to the east of the Tor. Alternatively, make use of the Higher Merripit – Stannon track, which we have the farmer’s agreement to use.

Water Hill. To give the worn tracks time to recover, the area depicted below is not to be used for Ten Tors training. However, having rested the area, Water Hill will be available for use as a checkpoint for the Challenge.

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Tue 14 Nov 2017 — PAYMENTS

To enable Team Managers to plan, here is forewarning of the key points on Ten Tors 2018 payments.

The entry fees will be same as last year; £165 for TTC per team and £12.75 per individual for JC.

The payment site will open in Your Dashboard on 3 Jan 18 and close at 2359hrs 31 Jan 18.

As requested by TMs, ‘Invoice’ will appear on the request for payment, which will also be printable.

£1 per participant for Donate for Dartmoor will be included in the Invoice and can be adjusted down or, preferably, up by the TM.

Payments should be made by Paypal with BACs only being used (with Estb Code and Name as a reference eg TT1111StT) if this is impossible. Cheques can no longer be accepted.

Successful payments will be indicated on the Team Lists.

Late payment will result in the entry being rejected.

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Tue 14 Nov 2017 — TEN TORS ENTRIES

After a long slog, nearly all entries have been accepted or dealt with. However, if your entry is recorded incorrectly on the Website’s TTC or JC Team List or it is in a query column or marked with a letter in the Notes column, The Team Manager needs to e mail SWHQ-TenTors-MAILBOX@mod.uk immediately (not forgetting to put your Estb Code and Estb Name in the subject) if we are not already sorting the problem out. The entry process has taken far too long this year and we must improve it, as it has prevented other essential work from being completed.


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Fri 27 Oct 2017 — RARE BIRD NESTING AREAS

The breeding areas plots of birds that are rare on Dartmoor (Golden Plover, Dunlin and Ring Ouzels) that we have agreed not to use for Ten Tors training from 1 March 2018 and for the Challenges, are now available at http://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/learning/teachers-educators/ten-tors . These Rare Bird Nesting Areas (RBNA) also provide a breeding sanctuary for more common species, such as Skylarks and Wheatears. To assist in copying the areas onto your maps, they print out at 1:25,000 providing you don’t use ‘fit to page’. Some Team Managers have suggested printing the outlines onto light card and then cutting out the shapes to use as a template to draw around using the eastings and northings to locate the shape on the map. Also available on the same page of the National Park’s website are .gpx files that will download the outlines and the crossing routes onto various mapping products.

Please note that Ten Tors Rule 37.3 states Rare Bird Nesting Areas (RBNAs). Walkers using Dartmoor are to have current RBNAs marked on their maps. No intrusions into the RBNAs are permissible during the nesting season (1 March – 15 July). If an emergency necessitates crossing an RBNA, use existing paths and tracks, and do not linger, picnic or camp.

Although the RBNA restrictions are only between 1 March and 15 July, it is sensible to get used to them in February. And do make sure that you amend the RBNA shown on the Dartmoor Training Area map as they are out of date.

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Thu 26 Oct 2017 — TEAM MANAGERS BRIEFING

Thank you to the presenters and for the contributions made by the Team Managers or their representatives. It was a useful day of passing on information, exchanging ideas and greeting friends. We should all now be set to start training in preparation for the Challenges.

The presentations made during the Briefing are now available on the Ten Tors website at Ten Tors Briefing so that they can be used for passing on knowledge to the Team Staff and participants.

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