Tor Down Farm at Swimbridge is running a Treasure Hunt Challenge for local families and visitors this Saturday, July 19 and every Saturday throughout July, August and until the end of September. The free activity trail follows clues through the beauti

Tor Down Farm at Swimbridge is running a Treasure Hunt Challenge for local families and visitors this Saturday, July 19 and every Saturday throughout July, August and until the end of September. The free activity trail follows clues through the beautiful Swimbridge countryside and challenges participants of every age to solve clues, and learn about nature, to eventually find and open the treasure chest at the end.Brian Hogg, who does the night time Star Trek walk each year, and designed the course with his wife Jill, says: "I wanted to develop a similar outdoor activity that a family or group of friends can do together. This treasure trail gives everyone good exercise in natural surroundings, but also provides a sense of achievement from completing the course. The walking and navigation is nowhere as hard as 'Star Trek' but the clues when found take a bit longer to solve and lead to a Treasure that everyone will enjoy. "On this course everyone in the group can get involved, even if they have differing abilities, and they all gain something from it".The venture is based around a Treasure Hunt, and takes from one to two hours to complete the course depending on the level of difficulty chosen. Anyone who enjoys a good walk and solving puzzles can find and open the Treasure Chest, learning about the farm and nature on the way.Brian Hogg says: 'We chose Tor Down Farm as it already offers farm walks, has great views of Exmoor, Dartmoor, and the sea, and a most magnificent cream tea at the end of the walk. If you burn off the energy first, you don't need to feel guilty about a cream tea treat at the end".An activity trail of this quality would normally be quite expensive for families wanting a day out, but the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is supporting this as a pilot venture through the Countryside Stewardship scheme to encourage more people to visit the countryside and help farms to diversify. Their support has enabled the venture to be completely free. Farmers Sheila and George Snell of Tor Down Farm have backed the Treasure Hunt and are keen to promote farm visits and North Devon.For more information call Brian or Jill Hogg on (01271) 377643 or 07837 449206, or come along any Saturday from July 19, between 12.00 noon and 4.00pm, until the end of September. To find Tor Down Farm simply turn off the A361 North Devon Link Road near Barnstaple at the Landkey junction and follow the brown 'Teacup' signs.