Category Archives: wild country

Smiling in the rain

In pouring rain we dedicated a gate on the Dartmoor Preservation Association’s land at Swincombe to Geoff Sayer, former treasurer and vice-president and true friend of Dartmoor Continue reading

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Ian’s day

On 10 June friends and colleagues of the late Ian Mercer gathered on Dartmoor to celebrate his life. Continue reading

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I didn’t write a word all day

Ten years ago I walked across the Pennines from Langdon Beck to Dufton, and back the next day. It was a wonderful experience. Continue reading

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YHA turns its back on simple hostels

The Youth Hostels Association is forgetting its roots, it wants to cut off the simple hostels. Continue reading

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Flag at half mast for ‘Mr Moreton’

The flag on Moretonhampstead church was at half mast in honour of Ian Mercer, whose funeral was on 3 October. Continue reading

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Ian Mercer: national-park giant

Ian Mercer, the first Dartmoor National Park Officer and first chief executive of the Countryside Council for Wales has died aged 83. Continue reading

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Standpipe saga

Forty years ago I was at an emergency public inquiry objecting to South West Water’s plans to rob the Dartmoor rivers. Continue reading

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