The sun shone down for the Templar Way challenge on Sunday.
101 people walked from Haytor to Shaldon to raise money for Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team-Ashburton.
This year was the 5th year running the event has been put on in aid of the charity rescue team. Walkers were launched on their way by team member and event organiser Craig Scollick.
Craig said: “This event is very important to the team remaining operational as it is our largest fundraiser of the year. We couldn’t continue to provide our search and rescue service to the community and visitors of not just Dartmoor, but across Devon including urban areas, without this incredible support from the public.
“The event has become more and more popular with numbers increasing each year to walk the historic Templer Way trail. We see lots of familiar faces returning each year as well as plenty of new faces too. Word seems to get around as to what an enjoyable walk it is and with the added attraction of having the support of team members walking the route and providing safety cover, it gives members of the public a great opportunity to not just enjoy a fabulous walk, but find out more about what we do by talking to team members along the way”
The event for the first time this year was sponsored by minerals firm Sibelco as well as local vets Moorgate Veterinary Group.
Fundraising Officer Alan Pewsey said “We are very grateful to Sibelco and Moorgate for getting the event off to a fantastic start. This year’s event has so far raised over £3,500 from donations and sponsorship, and we are very grateful to everybody who took part, supported, donated and helped at the event. Early feedback we have had from participants is that it has been a great success and all thoroughly enjoyed the day. We will definitely be looking to run the event again in April 2016.”
Dartmoor Search & Rescue Ashburton relies on the public for around 92% of its funding each year to find out more or to donate, do to: www.dsrtashburton.org.uk