Survival expert Ray Mears explores Dartmoor for new TV series


Devon's undeniable beauty brings visitors to back to our holiday parks in Devon year after year. It's characteristics like this, as well as the region's diverse landscape, that brought survival expert Ray Mears back to Dartmoor to film his latest TV series.

Wilderness Walks will take viewers on a journey through some the UK's most spectacular locations.

Ray's first stop is Dartmoor where, as a youngster, he learnt to navigate the tors and forage for food.

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Chief Executive of Dartmoor National Park, Kevin Bishop, said it was wonderful for Dartmoor to be featured on national TV, showing millions of people what the park has to offer.

“We are pleased that Dartmoor will be the focus of the first of a new series of TV programmes following Ray Mears as he goes in search of some the UK's greatest natural treasures,” said Dr Bishop.

Dr Bishop said Dartmoor was the star of many a film and TV show.

“We work closely with a range of TV and film companies to promote Dartmoor's special qualities, providing advice on locations and how to avoid conflicts with conservation issues.

“These films and programmes provide an important source of income for the local economy. From Steven Spielberg's blockbuster production of War Horse to smaller films and programmes; they all stay locally contribute to the local economy.

“Also, the national coverage they generate will help people understand what makes Dartmoor such a special place: one worth visiting and looking after for future generations to enjoy.”

I'll be glued to the sofa to catch the first episode tomorrow evening, 9th September at 7.30pm. Programmes like this are right up my street and the fact it's filmed in such a familiar location makes it all the more appealing – I can already feel the urge to lace up my walking boots ready for my Devon holidays!

Episode one follows the bushcraft expert across peaks and through forests in search for the Blue Ground Beetle, one of the largest beetles in the UK. His journey also takes him to the highest point on Dartmoor, High Willhays, on the lookout for the elusive wood warbler.

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