Heritage & Hands-On at Wacker Quay

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A special community day, with opportunities to learn about recording archaeology and to clear vegetation along the Wacker to Antony Trail, is being held on Sunday 19th July, as part of the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology.

Organised by the Helping Hands for Heritage project, part of the Tamar Valley AONB’s work in conserving and enhancing the landscape, volunteers and Tamarside Archaeology will show visitors around the Wacker Quay site and discuss the variety of equipment that archaeologists use to record the different heritage features dating from the 18th and 19th centuries on the site.

Sam Barnes, Helping Hands for Heritage Project Officer, says, “Wacker Quay is very rich in heritage and we have only just skimmed the surface at this wonderful site. We would like to give volunteers greater knowledge of the techniques and tools used to record different heritage features so that we can learn more about the remarkable history our Valley is steeped in”.

The 1.8km Wacker to Antony Trail, just off the Trerulefoot roundabout in south east Cornwall, was opened three years ago, following huge support and dedication from the Wacker Quay Community Group, Tamar Community Trust and Tamar Valley AONB.

John Page, Chair of the Tamar Community Trust, says, “Around 10,000 people have accessed the site over the last 3 years, and it is particularly popular with walking groups and families using the picnic area on summer evenings.

John continues, “Joint working, community involvement and the fact that the Trail has opened up access to this previously inaccessible part of the Tamar Valley has enabled members of the public, both local and visitors, to enjoy this beautiful stretch of estuary with its wide range of flora and fauna, and bird life. The trail continues to be a popular attraction for all age groups.”

Wacker Quay is one of the few places within the Tamar Valley AONB where people can enjoy stunning views and free public access to the River Lynher. The quay was first established in the mid 19th century as an agricultural dock complete with lime kiln. In 1886, the site changed completely when a military railway was constructed.

You can find out more about the history of the site on the day with local amateur archaeologist, Dave Williams, while Cornwall Council’s Senior Archaeologist, Colin Buck will lead a guided walk discussing the military and river heritage at 11am.

All are welcome to the FREE community day, starting at 10:30am and finishing at 4:30pm. No need to book, just drop in at a time to suit you. Please bring refreshments/lunch.

For details of other volunteering opportunities in the Tamar Valley AONB please visit www.tamarvalley.org.uk/hh4h