What makes South Devon Special …..



by South Devon AONB

What makes South Devon Special…

A series of walks celebrating the 10 Special Qualities of South Devon AONB


What makes the South Devon special…..


..its network of streams, rivers and estuaries

Discover the Erme Estuary

Saturday 21st April 10.00am – 4.00pm

A rare opportunity to explore the South Hams’ most secretive and delightful estuary, with special permission to use routes not normally open to the public. Former AONB

Manager Robin Toogood will reveal the rich and fascinating story of the Flete estate. We will stop halfway for a picnic lunch beside the river: bring food and drink. Well behaved dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead. Free. Meet at Mothecombe car park, Holbeton PL8 1LB

…our wild and rugged coastline

Start Point Circular – Sunday 20th May 2pm – 4pm

Join us to explore some of our most wild coastline around Start Point, heading over to Peartree Point and along to Mattiscombe beach, before heading back to the start. The coast path is steep in sections but the possibility of seeing our resident Grey Seals will make it worth the walk!

Meet at Start Point car park, Stokenham. TQ7 2ET

…its patchwork of farmland

Open Farm Sunday at Daynes Farm –

Sun 10th June 11am – 4pm, Walk with the farmer 12 noon & 2pm, Come and meet farmer David Camp and find out how he manages his organic beef, sheep and cereal farm.

Explore the farm, see the cows, sheep and lambs. Find out what crops David grows to feed his stock. After the walk you can enjoy some tea and cake, try a craft and enter a fun quiz about the farm. Free

Meet at Daynes Farm, Harberton, TQ9 7FB

…. its uniqueness!

Soldiers and Sailors – Sunday 22nd July 2pm – 4.30pm

Explore the very edges of the AONB overlooking Plymouth Sound with former AONB manager, Robin Toogood, seeing some of the best preserved historic military fortifications in the country and the dramatic impact they have had on the landscape. This will be a 3 mile circular walk starting at Fort Bovisand. Free.

Meet at Bovisand car park (fort side), Wembury, PL9 OAD

… the long, unspoilt views

Froward Point and Coleton Camp circular

Sunday 12th August 2pm – 4.00pm

With spectacular views out over the Dart estuary and Start Bay at the beginning and the rugged cliffs of the Kingswear peninsular further along, its easy to see why this part of the AONB is so special. All this wildlife and some fascinating history to boot! This 3 mile circular walk is on uneven coast path and steep in places. Free (£ NT car park) Meet at

Brownstone car park, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ

… its heritage

Walking through time – Broadsands and Churston

Sunday 9th September 2pm – 5pm

Join us to find out more about the stories of people who lived and worked along the coast between Paignton and Brixham. – Tales of prehistorical tombs to Lord Churston’s bathing habits with our guide, local history expert John Risdon. Free, car parking fees. Meet at Broadsands car park,

Broadsands Road, Paignton, TQ4 6HL

… its network of routeways

Castles and coastline – Tues 18th Sept 10am – 12pm

Find out more about the heritage and wildlife of the area, exploring the coast path and bridleways around the mouth of the Dart and Little Dartmouth, on this 3.5 mile circular walk. This walk will be part of Radio Devon’s Walk Devon series. For more information see www.southdevonaonb.org.uk Booking essential, email walkdevon@bbc.co.uk

Meet at Dartmouth Castle car park, Dartmouth TQ6 0JN

… its open tops and hidden valleys

Walking through time – Rickham and Gara Rock

Monday 22nd October 10am – 1pm

From shipwrecks and look outs to Bronze Age farming and the Civil war, there is lots to discover on this stunning 4 mile walk from the mouth of the Salcombe estuary around the South West Coast Path to Gara Rock. This walk is part of the South West Coast Path challenge month, booking essential see www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk for bookings from May.

Meet at Mill Bay car park, East Portlemouth, TQ8 8PU

… its natural tranquility

Yealm Bioblitz Dusk walk- Friday 13th July 8.30pm – 10.30pm

Join Adam Davison from the AONB team for a walk out to see the sunset over the sea before heading back around the estuary to find out who is coming in to bed down for the night and who is heading out for the evening! 4.5 miles easy walk, wear sturdy shoes and bring a torch.

Meet at Village car park, Hannaford Road, Noss Mayo PL8 1EH

… its landscape rich in wildlife

Yealm Bioblitz estuary

ecology squelch! – Sat 14th July 1.30pm – 3pm

Bring the family to discover more about what is lurking below the murk at the bottom of the estuary – a wealth of wildlife hidden below the mud! Wear wellies / old shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting muddy!

Meet at the slipway, The Patch, Newton Ferrers, PL8 1AB


…Capturing the landscape

A series of walks for beginners to learn more about photographing our beautiful landscape with local photographer Phil Hemsley, winner of the AONB photo competition in 2010.

Into the blue – our wild and rugged coastline

Sat 2nd June 2pm – 4.30pm

During this short walk around the coastline near Start point on Down Farm you can pick up hints, tips and advice from Phil as he shares some of his secrets to help you take the perfect photo! Bring your camera, booking essential, call 01803 861384 or email enquiries@southdevonaonb.org.uk Free.

Meet at Down Farm, Chivelstone, Kingsbridge TQ7 2NQ


…A green and pleasant land – coastal farmland

Sat 30th June 2pm – 4.30pm

During this short walk around the fields and commons near Bolt Tail, you can pick up hints, tips and advice from Phil as he shares some of his secrets to help you take the perfect photo! Bring your camera, booking essential, call 01803 861384 or email enquiries@southdevonaonb.org.uk Free

Meet at Bolberry Down National Trust car park, Malborough TQ7 3DY


… A changing landscape – dusk on the Avon

Sunday 19th August 7pm – 9pm

During this short walk along the tidal road of the Avon estuary, you can pick up hints, tips and advice from Phil as he shares some of his secrets to help you take the perfect photo! Bring your camera, booking essential call 01803 861384 or email enquiries@southdevonaonb.org.uk. Free

Meet at Timbers car park, Aveton Gifford, TQ7 4LT


… A landscape to live in – Noss Mayo and the Yealm

Sat 1st Sept 10am – 12.30pm

During this short walk around the village of Noss Mayo and the Yealm estuary, you can pick up hints, tips and advice from Phil as he shares some of his secrets to help you take the perfect photo! Bring your camera, booking essential, call 01803 861384 or email enquiries@southdevonaonb. org.uk. Free

Meet at car park, Hannaford Rd,

Noss Mayo, PL8 1EH









… Natural Nightscape events

A series of walks and events to explore the nightlife of South Devon AONB!


International dawn chorus day walk

Monday 7th May 7am – 9am

Join AONB project Officer Adam Davison for an early morning walk around the woodlands of the Avon Valley to hear the birds in full song! The Avon Mill café will be open at 9am for anyone who

has worked up an appetite. Bring binoculars if you have them, no dogs please. Free

Meet at Avon Mill Garden Centre, Loddiswell. TQ7 4DD

Glow worm hunt!

Friday 22nd June 9.30pm – 11pm

Enjoy the real nightlife of the AONB! Join us for a special night hike looking for glow worms, some of our most magical creatures, with naturalist John Walters. Wrap up warm and bring a torch!

Booking essential, call 01803 861384. Free

Meet at Overbecks,

Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8LW

Bat walk

Thursday 20th Sept 7pm – 9pm

Join us to find out more about the bats which enjoy living around Broadley Farm in the Avon Valley. We will bring bat detectors and hope to spot some of our rare Greater Horseshoe bats feasting on the dung beetles around the farm fields, as well as other species hunting on the river. Booking essential, call 01803 861384. Free

Meet at Broadley Farm, Diptford, TQ9 7NJ

Mobile Planetarium

Thursday 4th October – Family show 6.15pm – 7.30pm

Adults and older children 8pm – 9.15pm

Kick off World Space week with a visit to see the stars! Space Odyssey’s mobile planetarium will be landing in Stoke Fleming for one night only and will take you on an amazing trip to outer space!

Booking essential call 01803 861384. Adult £5, child £3

Meet at Stoke Fleming village hall, Stoke Fleming, TQ6 0NR

Big night out on the beach!

Sat 15th Sep 4pm – 9.30pm

Join us for our annual evening of fun and activities on the beach with our friends from the National Trust South Devon Countryside team! Watersports taster sessions, rockpooling, bird walks, lantern-lit sundown parade, children’s activities, refreshments and more! (Bring a clean jam jar if you want to make a lantern.) Free (small charges for

watersports sessions and car park).

Meet at South Milton Sands, South Milton SX 677414


This is what makes South Devon Special!

Our special finale event showcasing the films, the photos, the artwork and the memories

20th – 31st October Join us for the finale celebration of our

Heritage Lottery funded project. Visit the photo competition exhibition and see what our entrants thought was amazing about our beautiful patch of South Devon! There will also be a chance to see performances and artwork made by children from local schools as part of the project. Free

Meet at The Flavel, Dartmouth. TQ6 9ND