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    Templer Way Challenge

    The 18 mile Templer Way Challenge 2018.



    Dartmoor search and Rescue Ashburton's 18 mile Templer Way Challenge


    Challenge yourself and support Mountain Rescue on Dartmoor


    The 2018 event will take place on Sunday April 15th 2018.

    To take part, please complete the registration form at the bottom of this page.

    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 on Sunday April 15th 2018 and we would really like you to take part to raise money and support the work of our search and rescue team.


    Walkers enjoy Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton's 18 mile Templer Way Challenge


    Start:          9AM Haytor lower car park, by the visitor centre at grid reference SX 765 771

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

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

    Cost:           £20 to include a medal for those who complete the walk. Under 14's with supervising adult free but please try and raise some sponsorship.

    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 £28,000 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.

    The 18 mile sponsored walk will primarily follow the route of the Templer Way Trail 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 finishers medal. 

    The event will be open to adults, and children where accompanied by adults.   

    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 transport drivers only back to their cars at Haytor so they can return to Shaldon to collect their passengers.

    Are dogs allowed?

    Yes absolutely. Well behaved dogs on a lead, and their owners, are very welcome.

    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.


    Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton's Templer Way Challenge map sponsored by Moorgate Vets

    For the 2018 event, we have maps printed on waterproof paper of the Challenge route which will be available to buy on the day. The production of these maps has kindly been sponsored by Moorgate Vets and produced by GoMaps of Buckfastleigh.

    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

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

    Donation and Sponsorship

    The Templer Way Challenge is a very important fundraising event for us and is vital towards keeping the team operational helping those in need. So if you can get your friends and family to sponsor your efforts we'd really appreciate it.

    All you need to do to make your donation or set up a fundraising page is click the following link:  and click 'Give Now' to make your donation or 'Start Fundraising' to set up a page so your family and friends can sponsor you.

    If you prefer to use a traditional sponsor form, no problem you can download one by clicking here > Templer Way 2018 sponsor form 

    Gift aid: If you are a UK taxpayer and can claim gift aid, we'd appreciate it if you'd complete a gift aid certificate with your donation if not using the Virgin Giving site.

    You will be able to make your donation or handover any sponsorship/gift aid certificates at the event Start if you wish.


    If you'd like a poster to help advertise your participation or encourage others to take part, you can download copies at the following links:


    Please complete the following form to register for the event.


    Finishers medal!

    This year, for the first-time we have commissioned a smart finishers medal as an event memento alongside the traditional finisher's certificate. We hope you like it!


    The smart new Templer Way finishers medal. Awarded for completing Dartmoor Search and Rescue's 18 mile  Templer Way Challenge.


    Moorgate Vets

    The team at Moorgate vets has supported the team for many years and this year they have very kindly sponsored the production of a Templer Way Challenge map that will be available for sale at the start.

    The smart new Templer Way finishers medal. Awarded for completing Dartmoor Search and Rescue's 18 mile  Templer Way Challenge.

    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?


    The smart new Templer Way finishers medal. Awarded for completing Dartmoor Search and Rescue's 18 mile  Templer Way Challenge.

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