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Welcome to all Ten Tors participants

Ten Tors is organised by the Military. For all official information concerning the event and how you can join in, go (external site, opens new window) For useful additional advice and information read on:  

Find out more. Enjoy it more!

Dartmoor has been selected as the area for Ten Tors because it is special. It contains the largest "wild" open space in the south of England but did you know the area has many more special qualities?  The various rare habitats, the part hidden prehistoric remains, and the extraordinary shaped granite Tors. Find out more by printing or looking at the leaflets and factsheets. Dartmoor National Park Rangers give some handy advice to those groups navigating across the high moor called Ten Tors Navigators Notes

Dartmoor provides an important habitat for lots of flora and fauna. In particular the open moorland provides a breeding area for ground nesting birds. They are particularly vulnerable to disturbance, sometimes causing them to abandon their nests or young. To find out more about how you can help have a look at our Birds of the Open Moor leaflet and remember to avoid the Important Bird Nesting Areas (see maps) during the Ten Tors training period.

If you have a GPS unit you can download the Bird Nesting Areas as a GPX file.

Please read our advice for walkers, cyclists and riders in the event of a wild fire should you see one while training. 

Find out more about the National Park Authority and Ten Tors.

Remember, it is a living landscape

The Dartmoor landscape, including the open areas used for Ten Tors, has been farmed for generations. This active management has been responsible for creating and maintaining the Dartmoor landscape that we value so much today. Upland farming uses livestock to graze and manage the moorland vegetation. If the moor was not managed in this way it would look very different, and would not be as accessible for walkers and Ten Tors teams to enjoy.

FarmerFarmers to meet Ten Tors Groups - An opportunity too good to miss.

All teams before one of their training days should have a chance to meet and talk to an upland farmer for, say 30 minutes, somewhere near their starting point. Groups already camping on a farmer's field could simply spend a while with their campsite owner.  This should lead to an improvement in the training groups' understanding and appreciation of the role of upland farmers and their livestock in managing the moorland landscape.

For groups wanting to meet farmers contact:
Dartmoor Hill Farm Project
Email -
Tel - 01626 890913

The livestock that maintain the moorland habitat:

Cow, sheep and pony montage 


Ten Tors teams and individuals involved with Ten Tors are invited to do some voluntary work that will benefit the National Park. This could be a way of "giving something back" and might involve a variety of activities:

  • Path workTen Tors Group
  • Habitat management
  • field testing access routes using GPS and photography

For information about volunteering opportunities contact:Orlando Rutter


Tel: 01626 832093

Or visit the volunteering section of this website for a list of current opportunities and dates available.

Are you aware of The Dartmoor Mires Project?

It is now recognised that the high moorland blanket bogs of Dartmoor are a nationally important carbon reserve and a regionally important store for water. The project aims to halt and even reverse the erosion and shrinkage of this precious resource.Ten Tors participants need to be aware of the importance of this restoration work and avoid disturbing any of the peat barriers used to block the gullies that are draining the blanket bog. For more information about this work please visit the Dartmoor Mires Project

Page last updated: 30 Mar 2015
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