Helping Hands on Tamar Trails

Team work on Tamar Trails
Team work on Tamar Trails

14 tonnes of aggregate,

2 teams of quarry workers,

And bucket loads of energy…

The winning formula for a durable Family Trail, complete and ready to enjoy, in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

In early December, two teams from local quarries – Greystone and Plymouth Moorcroft – joined the Tamar Valley AONB to help complete a section of trail in readiness for the launch of the Tamar Trails Centre, Gulworthy, and the celebration of the end of the £7million Mining Heritage Project, next week.

The teams volunteered for 3 days, and shifted 14 tonnes of aggregate, delivered courtesy of Bardon Aggregates, down a steep wooded hillside onto the new Family Trail below.

Dave Readman, Tamar Valley Volunteering & Walking Coordinator, explained; “The workers rigged an ingenious aerial rope and bucket system, but still had to shovel gravel into buckets and wheelbarrow them to the top of the slope. The trail surface is now really durable, and will suffer much less erosion from the elements and walkers.”

The AONB team would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time, and in particular Graham Hicks and Anthony Allday.

If you would like to find out how you can volunteer your time and help us to keep the Tamar Valley special, please contact Dave Readman (07792 483669,

For details of the launch and other activities & events for you to enjoy, please visit and click on Spring Trail Festival.