Award winning Food writer and Restauranteur Mitch Tonks tells us what's important to him about South Devon AONB.
The coastline and the simplicity of life.
Yes in the sense that I respect it and see it as part of my life and would want to preserve its beauty for future generations.
I think just continuing signposting them and ringfencing them from overdevelopment as much as is reasonable and making considered judgements about what should be built on or used and what should have extra protection.
I like the open air, the sea air, the space, and the coastal walks. No two days are the same.
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Interestingly Brunel’s rail line cuts through the landscape so I suppose it could be argued that it damages the area from some points of view. But I think that the rail line not only connects the South West to the rest of the country but shows the incredible beauty of the coast and the landscape behind to all visitors coming in that way. The journey especially between Exeter and Totnes should be on everyone’s bucket list, it is gorgeous. What a visionary to have seen that this could be achieved and enhance, rather than destroy, the area. It is a much better way to travel than by car and much better for the future of the area.
Being on a beach catching fish and grilling them closely followed by a long lunch the Seahorse.
To sail around the world.
Getting on my boat, sailing the coast then dropping anchor at Dittisham, a few pints in the Ferry Boat then back aboard for a read and a night-time brandy. Seeing the coastline from the sea and seeing the sea is a wonderful way to appreciate our country and our coastline.
From Berry Head the whole 180 degree view.
Peaceful, thriving, stunning.