Tenth walking festival bigger than ever

THE tenth North Devon and Exmoor walking festival will be the biggest yet with 84 guided walks on offer from Thursday 29th April to Friday 7th May.  It s one of a series of events taking place within the North Devon Coast AONB to celebrate its 50th anni

THE tenth North Devon and Exmoor walking festival will be the biggest yet with 84 guided walks on offer from Thursday 29th April to Friday 7th May.

It's one of a series of events taking place within the North Devon Coast AONB to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Its designated area extends from the Exmoor boundary at Combe Martin down to the Cornish border at Welcombe. Several of the walks will be guided by members of the AONB team whose specialist knowledge will help explain more about the area and the work they carry out.

The other festival outings will cover most of North Devon and Exmoor with guided walks ranging from a short half-day up to a full day's hike, so there is something for most abilities.


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Around half are new for 2010 such as the afternoon Art and Nature walk and the Braunton on the Move, Explorer Walk, which will make use of the North Devon AONB's handheld multi-media GPS controlled device. Combe Martin Silver Trails, will take in the deep cut pathways for the horses that once carried ore to the harbour, while an Exmoor National Park ranger led walk will visit Clicket, an abandoned hamlet in a fairly remote part of the moor.

Exmoor safaris are also being included for the first time taking you onto the moor in a Land Rover searching for its wildlife. Experienced drivers know the best places to look for the rare breed Exmoor pony and red deer and there will be opportunities to take photographs and look through binoculars.

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Other special walks include the regular trip to Lundy Island and photographic walks with two professional photographers.

To find out more and to book your walks for the spring walking festival, visit website www.exmoorwalkingfestival.co.uk. A festival brochure is available by emailing bryan@activeexmoor.co.uk giving your name and address or call 01271 883131.

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