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Challenge yourself and support Mountain Rescue on Dartmoor

Templer Way Challenge 2017!  (#templer2017)

The 2017 event will take place on Sunday April 30th.


No further registrations for the event are being accepted.

Please click on the this link on other ways you can support the team.


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Do you fancy a challenge?

Due to popular demand and the success of the previous events, we are running the Templer Way sponsored walk again this year on Sunday April 30th 2017 and we would really like you to take part to raise money and support the work of our search and rescue team.
You will need to register as from March 2017 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

A picture of a footpath signpost saying Templer Way

Start: 10AM*   Haytor Lower Carpark, by the information centre at grid reference SX 765 771

(* Please note if you are planning to run the route the start time will be 11:00. The event is primarily a walking event but we will allow a limited number of runners)

Finish: London Inn, The Green, Shaldon, TQ14 0DN

Duration: Approx 5 – 7 hours for a person of reasonable fitness

Cost:  Minimum donation suggested of £15

Maximum number of walkers permitted: 200.

The volunteers from Dartmoor Search and Rescue (Ashburton) are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide search and rescue services for Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and the Ambulance Service.

As we cannot compromise on safety, we must raise at least £15,000 each year for a rolling programme of essential vehicle and equipment maintenance and replacement. The search and rescue team is a charity and these funds are raised almost entirely from donations from the general public.

photo of a group of about 40 people in the Haytor car park with our mountain rescue landrover ambulance with Haytor in the backgroundThe 18 mile sponsored walk will follow the route of the Templer Way from the moorland of Haytor to the sea at Shaldon. It should take a reasonably fit person between 5 and 7 hours to complete.  We will have members walking the route as well as manning checkpoints along the way. All those who complete the event will receive a memento of the occasion. There will also be a ‘hands on’ demonstration of some of the rescue equipment at the finish in Shaldon.

If you are over 18 years of age, reasonably fit and fancy a challenge in which you can help Mountain Rescue on Dartmoor in the process,  please register for the event via the link below. Under 18’s may also take part but must be accompanied by an adult.

How do I register to take part?

Due to the popularity of the event places are likely to go quickly so make sure you register early to avoid disappointment,  Registration is simple. Just complete the form at the following link:


Click ‘send’ and your registration is on its way to us. You will get an acknowledgement of your registration which will include a link to the event details and ideas on how you can start fundraising. Registration is important as it tells us you are coming as we will email detailed event arrangements the week before,  and we can also let you know if there are any changes to the event participant joining instructions . Don’t forget to make a donation which you can do online, or download a sponsor form.

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How much does it cost and can I raise sponsorship?

The idea of the event is to raise money for the team and to take part we suggest a minimum donation of £15. A vast majority of those taking part raise sponsorship from their friends and family which we encourage. You can set-up your own online sponsorship page  by clicking on the Virgin Money Giving logo below and following the instructions.

We are registered on Virgin Money Giving. Why not donate to the team online? Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton is a charity based in Devon that relies on public donations for around 92% of its funding. The team is part of Dartmoor Rescue Group (DRG) and Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW).

Once set-up you can forward the page to your friends and they can sponsor you online.

Please note: We do not use JustGiving due to the high monthly cost charged to use their service so please don’t set up a page on their site as we won’t receive any donations from it.

You can also download and print a sponsorship form by clicking on this link:

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Can I make a donation instead of raising sponsorship?

Of course. We suggest a minimum donation of £15 to take part but if you wish to raise or donate more we would be very grateful.

You can make your donation securely online by clicking on the following link: Make a Donation to the team

or by text message direct from your mobile phone.

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Failing that you can bring your donation, cheques made payable to ‘DSRT Ashburton’,  to the registration desk at the start of the event.

I can’t make the event, how else can I support the rescue team?

Apart from taking part on the walk or donating, you can also help us in many other ways. The best bit is you can even shop online without any extra cost to you and raise funds for us at the sametime by registering and using our ‘GiveAsYouLive scheme.  You can find out more and register at the following link:


What do I need to bring with me?

We ask people to bring their own packed lunches and drinks to meet their needs for the day.  Participants will also need to bring their own walking equipment including waterproofs suitable for the walk as if you were going for a walk on Dartmoor.

Will there be any transport back to pick up my car at the Haytor Car Park?

Yes. We will be running a shuttle bus for those that need it.  But if you can make your own arrangements that would be welcomed. At busy times, we may need to just drivers only back to their cars at Haytor so they can return to Shaldon to collect their passengers.

What is the Templer Way?

You can also download the Templer Way leaflet that tells you all about the route and its history.

The Route

The Templer Way links Haytor on Dartmoor to the mouth of the Teign. It follows, where possible, the route of the Granite Tramway, the Stover Canal and the Teign Estuary, where granite and clay were transported to the port of Teignmouth. The route is named after the Templer family who built the tramway and canal.

There will be checkpoints at the end of each stage.

Stage 1: 4miles/6.4km Haytor to Edgemoor
Stage 2: 2miles/3.2km Edgemoor to Great Plantation
Stage 3: 4miles/6.5km Great Plantation to Locks Bridge
Stage 4: 2miles/3.5km Locks Bridge to Newton Abbot Town Quay
Stage 5: 2.5miles/3.8km Newton Abbot Town Quay to Coombe Cellars
Stage 6: 3miles/4.5km Coombe Cellars to the London Inn, Shaldon

We’ve created a poster (and take away tags that can be cut up and attached to the poster), for the event that you can download and display to encourage more people to take part.

Templer Way 2017 Poster tags

Templer Way 2017 Advert poster

So please do join us for what promises to be a lovely day out walking a beautiful route from moor to sea.



Think Tank Creations

We are very gratefully to Think Tank Creations for their support with this year’s logo design. Think Tank Creations have 15 years international design experience and have worked with global cosmetic companies, fashion brands as well as many home grown local companies on projects ranging from retail design, company start ups and, marketing material


They love a creative challenge however large, small, quirky or simple, so let them help you find a solution for your creative problem?

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