Welcome to Ten Tors 2021

Welcome to the Ten Tors 2021 web site. You can look back on Ten Tors 2020 and previous years in the archive.


TT Secretary's Notices

Sat 24 Oct 2020 — DNPA Guidance for Ten Tors Training

The Dartmoor National Park Authority is not supporting Recreation Events of 50 or more walkers for the remainder of 2020. This also applies to individual Establishments Ten Tors training activities.

Smaller groups are allowed to enjoy walking on Dartmoor.

Individual Establishment should be training in accordance with the current COVID-19 rules and their risk/safety assessment.

We would be grateful that any Establishments training for Ten Tors should avoid popular areas and car parks, and avoid gathering in large groups prior to walks.

It is suggested that walkers should split up into smaller groups separated by time and space.

Rob Steemson, DNPA Community & Landscape Management Ranger – Ten Tors link officer.


Fri 23 Oct 2020 — First Aid qualification validity

In response to questions about the validity of first aid qualifications, Mountain Training (MT) and South West Moorland Leader Training Scheme (SWMLTS) are both taking HSE guidance to cover all relevant first aid courses such as the Outdoor (16 hour) First Aid Course. Therefore, in short, they are stating that anyone who has a first aid certificate that has expired has until the 31st March 2021 to renew.

MT have also explained the situation regarding first aid and Mountain Training qualifications’ validity. They require a relevant, valid first aid qualification to be held by candidates at the time of assessment in order to be awarded a leadership qualification. However, from this point onwards the responsibility to make a ‘first aids needs assessment’ lies with the employer/ deployer – and this is the law. This means that the employer/deployer should put in place the appropriate first aid cover for any particular event. Obviously, in order to be able to operate independently and remotely a leader will therefore need to hold a relevant first aid qualification. However, cover could be provided by other means such as by another qualified person in the party or separate cover – all depending on the employer/deployers’ assessment. Therefore, MT will not invalidate anyone’s leadership qualification just because their first aid has expired. For Ten Tors, the responsibility, in nearly all cases, lies with the Head of Establishment as it does for all safety during training.

You might also wish to look at the Resuscitation Council’s advice on adapting CPR for the possibility of the patient having Covid https://www.resus.org.uk/covid-19-resources/covid-19-resources-general-public/resuscitation-council-uk-statement-covid-19 . It’s simple; get help, place mask or cloth over patient’s nose and mouth, chest compressions only, use defibrillator if available.


Thu 15 Oct 2020 — Message from Lieutenant Colonel Dom Maxwell-Batten

Lieutenant Colonel Crispin d’Apice handing over the role of SO1 Ten Tors (Event Coordinator) to Lieutenant Colonel Dom Maxwell-Batten

A message from Lieutenant Colonel Dom Maxwell-Batten – Event Coordinator

I feel immensely proud and privileged to have been selected for the post of SO1 Ten Tors. Having grown up in Devon, I am acutely aware of how the Ten Tors challenge and the Jubilee Challenge have become a major part of the fabric of outdoor events for not only the Wessex region but far beyond.

I would like to thank Lieutenant Colonel Crispin d’Apice for all his hard work organising Ten Tors for the last 3 years, he has clearly made some improvements which I plan to carry on with. I would also like to take this opportunity in thanking Major Dave Pickering who has been Crispin’s right hand man ensuring every detail has been considered during the planning and running of the challenge and I wish them both well in their next military appointments. Crispin goes on to command the 6th Battalion, the RIFLES and Major Dave Pickering goes on to a crucial role with Headquarters South West.

Major Ruth Gilbert has taken on the vital role that Dave filled so diligently and many would have heard her speak on the recent Team Mangers Brief, we are both looking forward to meeting you all in the near future.

Next year’s event is likely to be like no other due to the current unprecedented pandemic situation. I assure you, the moment I have any information regarding the event I will let you know.

I’m honoured and humbled to take command of the milestone 60th event.


Wed 7 Oct 2020 — Team Managers' Brief - 10 Oct 20

You should all be aware by now that the Team Managers’ Brief is on the 10 Oct 20 starting at 0930hrs and will be delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams. You will be able to join the meeting from 0845hrs.

If you’re a Team Manager and you have not received an email from the Ten Tors Sec please email SWHQ-TenTors-MAILBOX@mod.gov.uk


Thu 3 Sep 2020 — Message from Colonel Neville Holmes MBE

A Message from Colonel Neville Holmes MBE – Director Ten Tors.

Welcome to Ten Tors 2021. The ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic remains at the front of all our minds and obviously the situation will continue to evolve. At present though we intend to resume our mission of enabling the young people of the South West to uniquely challenge themselves by holding the 60th Ten Tors Event in May 2021. Safety is always our highest priority in all aspects of Ten Tors and we will be instigating a number of measures to ensure that we go beyond mere ‘COVID compliance’ to deliver an Event that is as safe as it can be in all respects. More details will be published on this website, in briefings to Team Staff, and through other channels, however we will all have a part to play. To that end I would ask that all those involved in Ten Tors remain flexible, remain safe, and do all they can to help us in delivering a safe, challenging and memorable 60th Ten Tors.

For information on Ten Tors and COVID-19 please visit the dedicated COVID-19 tab.


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Headquarters South West

Event Director

Colonel NR Holmes (Neville) MBE