Dartmoor Treasure Hunt

Dartmoor Treasure Hunt & History Trail


  • 60 Question Dartmoor Treasure Hunt: Car Trail starts at Bovey Tracey + 4 Walks!
  • Including Prize Treasure Hunt + Informal Treasure Hunt (answers available online)!
  • Youngsters’ Challenge Sheet to keep the kids/teenagers happy too!
  • Local History Trail information – learn a little about the places visited!

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Great Exercise for your Brain & Body!

If you have already bought this Trail, submit answers and access extra material by clicking here (password required)

Do you want to make the most of the Summer Holidays (and Autumnal change of season) by getting out and about in the stunning Dartmoor National Park? Why not exercise your ‘grey cells’ while exploring this beautiful part of the Devon countryside? – there is no better way to do so than experiencing a Dartmoor Treasure Hunt! Whether you are a visitor to the area or lucky enough to live in or near Dartmoor, this Trail provides hours of fun and challenge too: combining a Dartmoor Treasure Hunt around the ‘Eastern Fringes’ of the National Park with a local history trail. Although the Trail is a great experience in itself, there is also the chance to win a (modest) prize!

This Dartmoor Trail focuses on the ‘Eastern Fringes’ of Dartmoor (see map below), starting from Bovey Tracey, Gateway to the Moor. More details are set out below, including what is included and how it works – or head straight to the shop NOW to buy the Dartmoor Trail (East). Experience a Dartmoor Treasure Hunt and History Trail this Summer/Autumn!

Where Will I Go and What Will I See?

Dartmoor ‘Eastern Fringes’

NBIf you experienced the Christmas 2017 & New Year Eastern Fringes Trail, this Trail uses the same route but has all new questions and new historical and literary information – you might well think the Trail and locations are well worth visiting again!

This Trail focuses on the ‘Eastern Fringes’ of the Dartmoor National Park, including Bovey Tracey, popularly known as ‘the gateway to the moor’ (although actually just outside the boundary of the National Park). The map below shows a broad area within which the Trail is contained:

Dartmoor Christmas Trail and Treasure Hunt

The Main Trail itself (not marked on the map above!) covers a very rough ‘circuit’, and although it is recommended that it be started in Bovey Tracey, it can be started in any of the villages included in the Trail (details are provided in the purchased package) – it can be attempted in one day, or enjoyed over several days; picking up where you left off, or even in random sections according to where you want to visit on a particular day. All directions are provided, allowing you to build your own itinerary that includes the Supplementary Walks included in this package (see below) and/or other local walks that you might want to try. It is even possible to link the Supplementary Walks together to form a ‘Grand Treasure Hunt Walk’!

NB: The Trail boundary set out above sets out the outer limits of where you might be expected to go when following the Trail, enabling you to plan your trip (including where to eat and where to stay) – the Trail itself does not follow the marked boundary line!

What Will You See?

You will visit traditional Dartmoor Villages, experiencing the natural beauty of a National Park, including green lanes, woodland and moorland. The slide-show below gives a taste of the locations/sights you will encounter:


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History Trail + Dartmoor Treasure Hunt(s)

This offering combines a History Trail and DartmoorTreasure Hunt (actually three treasure hunts: one for fun, with answers available; one for the chance of winning a prize; and a separate short challenge to occupy any youngsters in your group!). These are combined into one Grand Trail, complete with navigation directions, local information and questions to challenge you. Buy the Trail now – or read on …

The History Trail

The Trail consists of a ‘directed tour’ that will take you around the area covered (the ‘Eastern fringes’ of Dartmoor), stopping at villages along the way. As well as providing directions and posing questions, the Trail guide shares some local history and other cultural ‘snippets’ that give you a deeper perspective on the places you are visiting. The historical material that is provided in the Trail Pack is backed up by online internet links to books and other items that mentioned in the Trail.

The Dartmoor Treasure Hunt(s)

Yes, there are three Treasure Hunts included in this Trail! How is this so?!

35 of the 60 questions in the Trail package comprise the Prize Treasure Hunt – once you purchase the package you will be given access to a website page where you can submit your answers for a chance of winning the modest prize (don’t expect ‘Treasure’!) – the deadline for submission of answers to the Prize Treasure Hunt is the end of November 2018 (more details in the Trail package). The remaining 25 questions that are not in the Prize Treasure Hunt go up to make up an Informal Treasure Hunt that can be completed just for fun. Answers to the Informal Treasure Hunt are available via a website link once the package is accessed – meaning that you can score your efforts and even compete against one another. Finally, there is a separate Young Person’s Challenge: a special sheet of riddles and questions that you can provide to teenagers/children so that they have something of their own to focus on while on the Trail (of course, adults can have a go at this challenge too!). Adding the Young Persons’ Challenge to the Main Treasure Hunt gives a grand total of 72 questions!

Warning: although some of the Treasure Hunt questions are relatively simple, some are a little more cryptic. Most require you to be reasonably observant on the Trail, exercise your grey cells, and in some cases use the internet or access books referred to in the Trail! You shouldn’t be disappointed if you don’t manage to answer all of the questions correctly; the Trail isn’t designed so that it is easy for all participants to get all of the answers right – though it is perfectly possible to get 100% correct. Some of the Treasure Hunt questions will challenge you, and lead you to develop your sleuthing abilities!

NB You have until the end of November 2018 to submit Prize Treasure Hunt answers.

What Else is Included

As mentioned above, in addition to the Main Trail, which is best navigated by vehicle, the package includes four Supplementary Walks (each of about 2½ hours typical duration) – taking you between locations on the Trail. These walks through lovely countryside and villages include additional Treasure Hunt questions, whose answers will be available online. Heard enough? Buy the Trail now!

How Does it Work?

When you purchase this Trail you will be provided with a link to download a comprehensive Trail Information Pack (a PDF document – this is a  format that can be widely read on smartphones, computers and other devices). this pack contains full Trail Directions (including maps, directions and questions for four Supplementary Walks) as well as information useful in planning the experience. You can either download this Trail Pack at the time you purchase the Trail or at a later time: an email will be sent to you with a pack download link, though you must download the pack within 10 days, and only 2 downloads are provided). If you have a suitable smartphone or other device you might be happy viewing the Trail Pack on that, otherwise you will have to arrange to have the Trail Pack printed (e.g., at home or at a public library); when you purchase the Trail you receive a downloadable electronic PDF document, not a printed document!

This Information Pack also includes the password of the dedicated Trail page at CultureTrails.net (accessible here or via a link at the top of this page!). This page allows you to submit answers to the Prize Treasure Hunt, access answers to the Informal Treasure Hunt, and access information about Cultural Resources (books films etc.) that are linked to the Trail experience (you might like to obtain some of these prior to starting the Trail – especially if you are travelling to/near to Dartmoor from further afield to experience the Trail).

You are then free to experience the Trail at your own convenience and according to your own schedule. Remember though: this is a time-limited Trail: the deadline for submission of Prize Treasure Hunt answers is midnight on November 30th 2018.

Trail Requirements

Although it may be possible to experience the Trail using a combination of walking, cycling and public transport, a private vehicle (e.g., a car) is recommended for covering the distances between Main Trail locations. An internet connection and a suitable device are required for accessing additional Trail information, accessing Informal Treasure Hunt answers, and submitting answers to the Prize Dartmoor Treasure Hunt (the internet will also doubtless be of assistance in answering some of the Treasure Hunt questions!). No other specialist equipment is required aside from clothing and footwear suitable for enjoying Dartmoor – although the Trail Information Pack points to items such as Ordnance Survey maps that might enhance the experience. The Main Trail is suitable for those with mobility difficulties – although that is not true of the four Supplementary Walks.

Share The Dartmoor (East) Trail Experience!

The Dartmoor (East) Trail can be enjoyed by families (with or without children!), friends, with work colleagues, or with members of all types of clubs, groups, associations etc. Alternatively, it can be enjoyed by yourself if you are an independent type. Why not purchase it now!

Food-Stops and Accommodation

As part of preparations for tackling the Trail (or of interest even if you decide not to experience the Dartmoor Treasure Hunt and History Trail) you might like to see a list of places to eat/drink/purchase provisions in the area covered, as well as accommodation that might be booked. A free guide to local facilities and accommodation has been prepared (click on the link below):

East Dartmoor Trail: Food-Stops & Accommodation

Maybe download the Poster for the Trail and print & display it (PDF version best) or incorporate it online (jpg/jpeg version best) – wherever appropriate!

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