GUIDED WALKS, TALKS AND
LECTURES BY Simon DELL
Dartmoor National Park authorised guide
Simon can arrange to lead guided walks on Dartmoor and also on Lundy Island.
Simon Dell is currently the Director and Co-ordinator of Moorland Guides. Since retiring as a full-time
Police Constable after 30 years service in September 2007, he has been a Special Constable volunteer in
the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary having been a member of the Force since 1975, and is now the
Superintendent leading the volunteer policing teams throughout North and West Devon. He has served in
various stations throughout the counties of Devon and Cornwall as well as working on the Isles of Scilly.
17 years of his service was spent at Tavistock Police Station as Community Constable, where, in 1997 he
was awarded the MBE for services to the community as well as Mountain Rescue.
His off duty interests have involved 20 years as a member of the Dartmoor Rescue Group, being its chairman
in 1995 and is also a Dartmoor National Park Guide. He leads guided walks on Lundy Island and is a member
of the Lundy Field Society having written several books about the island including a guide. His guided walks
now also include guiding on the Pembrokeshire island of Skomer during the puffin season.
In 1997 his first book, ‘The Beat on Western Dartmoor’ was published and following the success of this first
book (it has since sold out!) he has been much in demand for talks and presentations all around the Force area
as well as nationally. He has appeared on television and radio talking about policing history and has
completed two series of the television documentary series ‘Murder Most Foul’ with the actor Jack Shepherd.
He is a member of the National committee of the Police History Society as well as being a member of the
local Devon & Cornwall Police Museum Committee.
Simon has received the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in 2003 and shortly after, he received the
“Daily Mirror’s” “Pride of Britain” Award and also the “Sun” newspaper’s Police Bravery Award 2002.
In 2009 he was awarded the “Anne Frank Educator’s Award” for his work with young people who suffer discrimination,
this award was presented by Anne Frank’s posthumous-step-sister. In 2013 he was awarded the Lifetime In Policing
Award by the Home Office after almost 40 years still service in the Force as both a Regular full-time Officer as
well as now a volunteer Special Constable.
He is now a freelance writer having published 12 books on policing as well as Dartmoor Prison, industrial
archaeology and Lundy Island. He also writes for various Dartmoor magazines and periodicals as well
as the Times Educational Supplement and more recently the BBC Countryfile Magazine. He has a regular
feature called "Dartmoor Curiosities" in the Dartmoor Magazine. Simon’s books can be obtained from
this website at the Books for Sale page.
He still lives in Tavistock with his wife Shirley, son Matthew & daughter Laura along with grand-daughter
Maddison. In his spare time he enjoys relaxing mountaineering both in the UK as well as the Alps and
Himalayas, having taken part in several expeditions in Nepal and Tibet to both the north and south sides
of Mount Everest and to the summit of nearby Kalar Pathar as well as climbing in the Alps and
summating Mont Blanc.
When not found up a mountain he is often found playing in the local town band or with the band of the
South Wales Police of which he is a member.
Member of the Police History Society