Welcome to Ten Tors 2020

Welcome to the Ten Tors 2020 web site. You can look back on Ten Tors 2019 and previous years in the archive.


TT Secretary's Notices


A statement from the Director Ten Tors, Colonel Neville Holmes MBE:

‘It is with regret that I announce that this year’s Ten Tors event will not go ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision has been made in line with current Government and clinical advice. I know that this will be a great disappointment to many however, given that safety is always our number one priority with Ten Tors, I hope it will not be a surprise. Although this year is the 60th Anniversary of Ten Tors, next year will now see the 60th event and so we look forward to celebrating this milestone with you all then. In the meantime, I would like to congratulate all those who have achieved so much whilst training for this year’s event and thank the hardworking teachers, leaders, parents and others who have enabled them to do so.’


Tue 10 Mar 2020 — COVID-19 and Ten Tors

The national situation with regard to the COVID-19 outbreak remains fluid and it is therefore too early to state exactly what impact it will have on the 60th Ten Tors. We are already instigating a number of measures to manage this risk and will evolve our planning considerations in line with Public Health England guidance; the safety and wellbeing of all those involved in Ten Tors remains our highest priority. We will seek to provide updates as the situation develops however, at this time, preparations continue.


Tue 10 Mar 2020 — Behaviour on Dartmoor

We have received a few complaints regarding teams’ behaviour whilst Ten Tors training on Dartmoor, each Individual must:

  • Only wild camp in permitted areas.
  • Ensure enclosed land is not being used without the permission of the landowner unless it is a Public Right of Way or Countryside and Right of Way public access land.
  • Take all litter home.
  • Read and understand the Green Card.


Fri 6 Mar 2020 — Ten Tors 60th Anniversary Celebrations

We are developing some projects to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ten Tors and need assistance.

One project is for a team to participate wearing the clothing and equipment used in the early 1960s and to display at the Finish of both the Jubilee Challenge and Ten Tors Challenge a demonstration of a team overnighting in those early days. We are seeking the loan of a military canvas 2 man bivouac, an army lightweight blanket, 2 shirts Khaki Flannel, 8 Army windproof trousers and jackets, an all green combat jacket and trousers, some balaclavas where the bottom part folds up to make a cap comforter, some capes as seen in the film 1917, a map case with board, perspex and canvas cover, some Army canvas gaiters and some gas capes; all circa 1950 early 1960s.

The second project is a chronological display of photographs and captions depicting Ten Tors’ history. We have access to the Denbury Days website images but are looking for more early images and action photographs from the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s of the Challenge or training. The displays will also include some reminiscences of those who took part in Ten Tors describing in 5 lines or so what they gained from their Ten Tors’ experiences. Your description of what you got out of Ten Tors and what it has meant to your life should be matched with a portrait picture, your School or other establishment and the year(s) of participation.

If you are able to assist with clothing/equipment, photographs or reminiscences, please e mail SWHQ-TenTors-MAILBOX@mod.gov.uk with Ten Tors 60th Anniversary Celebrations as the subject. If you have a suitable item of clothing or equipment, please attach a picture so that we can check it is needed.

Dartmoor Magazine

You might be interested to read 2 informative articles about Ten Tors published in the Spring Edition of the Dartmoor Magazine. If it isn’t available in your local newsagent, contact enquiries@dartmoormagazine.co.uk.

Where’s To?

A reminder that entries for the Ten Tors Quiz are to be received by the Ten Tors Secretary electronically or by post by the 24 Apr 2020. Hard copy booklets will be returned during the Ten Tors weekend. Please note that on Page 3 the 4th question ‘What is it called?’ should read ‘What is its call?’


Tue 3 Mar 2020 — Annex A update

Additional Errata for Annex A - The track from SX 5343 8529 to SX 5334 8540 is an in bounds route through the RBNA.

Paper mapping should be updated accordingly.


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Headquarters South West

Event Director

Colonel NR Holmes (Neville) MBE