Tamar Trail Festival full of activities

Wood working, Alistair Guy & Sons

Wood working, Alistair Guy & Sons - Credit: Archant

This autumn’s Tamar Trail Festival will take place between 26 and 31 October, offering over 30 events and activities for all ages and abilities to enjoy.

Cyclists along Tamar Trails, Devon Great Consols

Cyclists along Tamar Trails, Devon Great Consols - Credit: Archant

New this year is the much-awaited Green Wood Working Workshop with Alastair Guy & Sons.

Warm up with walks of interest throughout the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including a guided stroll around Cotehele Gardens with Orchard Officer, Chris Groves, and a close look at Devon Great Consols or Bedford United with mining historian Rick Stewart. Other areas to explore include Kit Hill, Calstock, Cadsonbury and the beautiful Coombe Trenchard.

Becki Lumbis from the Tamar Valley AONB team picks out a few of her highlights, aimed specifically at children, to enjoy this half-term; “Follow the clues, watch out for spooks and collect your treasure on a Halloween Treasure Hunt. Lopwell Dam and the Tamar Trails Centre are both offering Family Fun Days with many activities free of charge, while Buckland Abbey provide the chance to make something from felt. For a night-time adventure, don’t miss the Spooky Lantern Walk, with marshmallows round the camp fire.”

Dave Readman, Tamar Community Trust, hopes the Festival will inspire some to give up a little of their time and volunteer; “We simply couldn’t get everything done without the support and help of volunteers. If you could offer just some of your time, would to meet like-minded people and get out into the landscape, come along to our Valley Volunteer Drop-In day, part of the Trail Festival.”

Dave is also running a Woodland Management day-course during the Festival, looking at the value of woodlands and learning wood cutting and small tree felling techniques.

For information on all these events, and more besides, pick up your free booklet from local outlets throughout the Tamar Valley, or view a copy online at www.tamarvalley.org.uk