Tamar Valley Heritage Guides lead the way

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At the start of the year, the Tamar Valley AONB team were seeking volunteers to learn new skills and become a Heritage Guide for the area.

Six months on and the area now has eight fully fledged Heritage Guides, ready to lead walks and impart their knowledge of the Tamar Valley to groups, clubs and organisations.

The free nine-week course, led by local Blue Badge Guide, Chrissie Le Marchant, covered presentation skills, organising and running events, leading guided walks and research techniques. It was organised as part of the Heritage Lottery funded Helping Hands for Heritage project.

Sam Barnes, Helping Hands for Heritage Project Officer for the AONB says, “Our new Heritage Guides are ambassadors for the Tamar Valley area, and I would like to extend my thanks to each Guide for committing their time over the nine weeks and for their enthusiasm as we start to organise walks and talks.”

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The first two walks, looking at the mining history and wildlife of Devon Great Consols, will be led by Ann Marcer in mid-August. Please come along to the FREE events to support Ann – no need to book.

Saturday 13th August, 2pm – 4pm

A walk along the Mineral Railway trail to Devon Great Consols and back along the Wheal Josiah trail. Find out about the mining history of this important part of the Tamar Valley AONB landscape, with a few wildlife facts thrown in along the way.

Notes: Some steep short sections, but level wide pathways. Suitable for all ages.

Wednesday 17th August, 10am – 1pm

A walk along the Mineral Railway trail to Devon Great Consols and back along the Wheal Josiah and Bedford United trails. Find out about the mining history of this important part of the Tamar Valley AONB landscape, with great views over the River Tamar.

Notes: Some short steep sections, with level wide pathways for most of the route, but the Bedford Trail is not for the faint hearted, with steps, steep climbs and narrow pathways. Suitable for more experienced walkers.

For both walks, please meet at the Tamar Trails Centre, near Gulworthy. £2 required for parking. Please wear suitable footwear and dress for the weather. Why not end your walk with a well-deserved refreshment stop at the Beech Tree Cafe?

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If you would like one of Heritage Guides to lead a walk for your family, local group or club, please do get in touch – 01822 835030, volunteering@tamarvalley.org.uk (Tamar Valley AONB).

 

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