New Year, New Skill… Become a Heritage Guide for the Tamar Valley


Heritage Guide

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to learn a new skill, join the Tamar Valley AONB team over the next few weeks and become a Heritage Guide.

This FREE course, led by local Blue Badge Guide, Chrissie Le Marchant, will cover presentation skills, organising and running events, leading guided walks and research techniques. It will also give you greater knowledge of the Tamar Valley’s rich heritage.

By the end of the course, you will have the skills to lead popular walks, to organise new special interest walks around the Tamar Valley and to provide information to the public at the Tamar Trails Centre and Tamar Valley Centre.

Sam Barnes, Helping Hands for Heritage Project Officer for the AONB says, “By becoming a Heritage Guide, you will be an ambassador for the Tamar Valley area; you may choose to build on what you learn and progress onto other guide schemes, or simply enjoy learning more about your local area.”

This FREE course will take place at the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, just 5 minutes’ walk from Gunnislake Train Station. The training will involve attending nine weekly sessions (this is essential), starting on Thursday 4th February, 6pm – 9:30pm, with the final session being held on Thursday 7th April.  A light meal will be provided at each session.

The training will be interactive and will include an element of outdoor site visits as the evenings become lighter. Trainees must be physically fit and be able to walk up to 3 or 4 miles. In addition to the weekly sessions, participants will be expected to research and read around particular topic areas in preparation for the following week. An assessment event will also be held on the Tamar Trails, Gulworthy, on Saturday 16th April.

No previous knowledge is necessary, but booking is essential as places are limited. Please contact the Tamar Valley AONB team to secure your place, or for further information – tel: 01822 835030, email:

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