Ten Tors

Wild Tribe 35 head for the finish, Ten Tors, Dartmoor

Ten Tors is an annual event organised by the Army

The event

It's a two day expedition for teams of six young people aged between 14 and 19. Each team must visit ten specified checkpoints requiring a walk of 35, 45 or 55 miles over Dartmoor. Each team must be self-sufficient, camp on the moor overnight and complete the distance between Saturday 7am and Sunday 5pm.

Why?

The event aims to encourage young people from the South West to take part in a challenge within the Dartmoor National Park designated to conserve the natural and cultural environments, whilst promoting opportunities for people to enjoy and understand the area. It also aims to enhance their self-confidence and aspirations in a wild country context through the development of:

  • leadership
  • problem solving
  • team work
  • hillwalking
  • camping skills

This year

The National Trust had three 'Wild Tribe' teams taking part, one in each of the set distances.  The teams were trained by National Trust rangers and volunteers, alongside our training partners from Torquay Boys Grammar School.

Ten weekends of training beginning last September, combined with many miles of walking and hours of navigation, helped prepare the teams for their big day. It hopefully also inspired them towards an appreciation of nature and the great outdoors.

The three committed and determined teams all successfully completed the event. On the Sunday, the 35s were back by 10.02am, the 45s by 10.52am and the 55s by 12.43pm.  What an achievement.

Next year

Following a rest for the trainers over the summer months, they'll be encouraging and helping some more young people who will start training for Ten Tors 2018 this September.