Delicious Dart Trail 2014 (02/12/13)
The Delicious Dart Trail is a unique event designed to showcase South Devon's spectacular scenery and local produce in an innovative way. It combines trail running with food and drink sampling and is best described as a food festival on the run. Participants run from Dartington Hall to Dartmouth sampling various local food and drink at stop points along the way. The event was inspired by the Marathon du Medoc in France an annual race in which 22 chateaux open their doors and provide wine tastings to 1000's of runners as they make their way around the 26.2 mile course.
To help visitors explore the South West's beautiful countryside a free online map 'widget' is now available. This widget and supporting marketing toolkit is to help tourism businesses offer more to their visitors throughout all four seasons.
The scenery of the South West is the most important reason for visitors coming to this beautiful region. 90% of us now use the web to plan our holidays and over 80% of visitors to the South West take part in a countryside activity. To show all the different types of activities and locations a creative map has been designed based on the famous tube map of London (attached).
The widget is a map of the South West which promotes outdoor activities to help visitors get out and about. Any type of tourism business can easily install the widget on their website and, once installed, their visitors can start planning their holidays in advance.
Joining ‘Our Land’ (06/11/13)
We have recently joined ‘Our Land’, a sustainable tourism initiative designed specifically for protected landscapes. Its aim is to develop and promote rural responsible tourism in UK Protected Landscapes to the benefit of local economies.
Our Land’s vision is to help visitors make a conscious connection between their experience and landscape conservation. It does this by discovering, developing and promoting the conservation stories of the people running tourism businesses in the landscapes.Further info at www.our-land.co.uk.
Winter events programme (05/11/13)
Our next printed events programme will be published in mid February in time for the half term break as part of the 2014 Explorer leaflet. This bumper edition will include events through to September.
In the meantime you can find out what winter walks, craft events and activities are going on in your neck of the woods by logging onto the events section of the website for everything from fish filleting to wreath making! We will also be producing some flyers listing our own and partner organisation events that will be available at Information Centres shortly.
Calling all Community Orchards (05/11/13)
Orchard Link and South Devon AONB invite you to an open meeting of community orchard groups in South Devon on Wednesday 20th November, 7.30 – 9.30 pm, at South Brent Old School Community Centre. If you are involved in running or supporting a local community orchard in South Devon, or thinking of starting one, please join us for an informal gathering.
Renewables rethink? (05/11/13)
Commercial-scale wind turbines and solar power schemes continue to generate as much controversy as electricity, and the latest signals from government add another layer of complexity to the issue.
Spurred on by the feed-in tariffs, landowners and energy companies are understandably pursuing wind turbine and solar pv schemes at a wide range of scales and locations all over the country, backed up by the government’s 2012 National Planning Policy Framework which states that schemes should be approved if their impacts can be made acceptable .
Patron presents prizes (23/10/13)
South Devon AONB patron Jonathan Dimbleby has presented the prizes for the 2013 photo competition. The presentations were made at The Harbour House Gallery in Kingsbridge where all of the finalists were hung as part of an exhibition from 15th -20th Oct.
The overall winner was ‘Making Waves’ a picture of three kite surfers taken at Bantham by Steve Drinkwater. He also won the ‘Active in the AONB’ section. Congratulations everyone, see all the winners and short listed pictures at http://www.sdaonb-comp.org.uk/
Chance to have your say on new Plan (08/10/13)
The public have from now until the 17th November 2013 to comment on revisions to the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Management Plan. The new plan will cover the period 2014 – 19.
The Plan is a comprehensive summary of priorities to protect this nationally important area for future generations. Prepared by the AONB Partnership the Plan when finalised will be adopted by the local authorities as required under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. For each of the Management Themes issues, objectives and actions are identified. Details of the consultation are at : Draft Plan
Lupton House - Galmpton Circular walk (25/09/13)
Sunday 6th October 10am -1pm
Join local historian John Risdon to discover more about the links from Lupton House into the countryside around Galmpton and uncover the stories behind the landscape. The walk is about five miles long and will be steep in places.
Meet at Lupton House Car Park Churston TQ5 0LD.
Dexter Wall has won the junior prize in a South Devon AONB competition at Kingsbridge Show. The competition was about identifying where different products come from and what ingredients are used in a variety of food stuffs. There were 25 different items to link and Dexter scored best out of all the junior entries. The items on display amongst others included a maize stalk, sausages, cheese and milk.
Funding unlocks our coastal heritage (24/09/13)
Some well known historic buildings on the South Devon coast are getting a stitch in time as conservation work gets underway to protect them. A rare 300-year-old Admiralty flag signal station, a prominent fishermen’s lookout, three World War Two pill boxes and two historic estuary slipways are being given skilled care to re-point stonework, join cracks in masonry and stabilise crumbling concrete.
The scheme is part of a larger regional partnership aimed at making the most of the rich history and monuments found along the 630-mile South West Coast Path.
Around 350 people attended the second ‘Big Night Out on the Beach’ jointly organised by South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (South Devon AONB) and National Trust South Devon Countryside at South Milton Sands Thurlestone on 14th September.
The weather was perfect for the programme designed to open everyone’s eyes to what lies beneath the surface and after dark in this special area of the AONB looked after by the National Trust.
A joint event with the National Trust - South Devon Countryside. Come and discover the nightlife of the AONB! Rockpooling, bird walk, treasure hunts, kayak and stand-up-paddle board sessions, storytelling, beach olympics and stargazing! Feast on goodies from the Beach House cafe or bring your own supper.
Doing better for our rivers (06/08/13)
The government has announced its determination to achieve a more locally-driven, more effective, and better joined-up, approach to managing Britain’s rivers from source to sea – seeing this as the only way that we can meet the tough challenges of getting our waterways into good ecological condition and meeting the targets set by the Water Framework Directive.