‘It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity’ says BBC Countryfile’s Julia Bradbury

Find out more about the campaign to care for Trevose Head for ever and for everyone here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trevose

There are three easy ways to donate and support the Trevose Head campaign and the work of the National Trust:

  1. Online at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/trevose
  2. Phone the National Trust Supporter Services Centre on 0344 800 1895
  3. Post a cheque, made payable to ‘National Trust’, with ‘Trevose campaign’ written on the back of the cheque, can be posted to: National Trust, Supporter Services Centre, National Trust, PO Box 574, Rotherham S63 3FH



Making space for Nature at Trevose Head


The National Trust has just launched a £250,000 fundraising campaign to help care for Trevose Head in North Cornwall.

When the sale is completed in late September, one of the first things the Trust will be doing is undertaking a bio-survey of the existing habitats and wildlife increasing the understanding of what is currently there, helping to shape conservation work that will ensure this spectacular Cornish headland is managed appropriately for nature.

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Romans are coming to Chedworth Roman Villa

The Romans are coming to Chedworth (c) Roman Military Research Society

Chedworth Roman Villa is hosting a week-long re-enactment event with the Roman Military Research Society re-creating Roman military and civilian life.

The Roman Military Research Society study, investigate and perform practical experiments to re-create, as accurately as possible, Roman military and civil life.  They demonstrate the skills of the Roman Army and Romano-British people, including infantry, artillery, archery and everyday customs.

A taste of Roman cooking at Chedworth (c) Roman Military Research Society

A taste of Roman cooking at Chedworth (c) Roman Military Research Society

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Britain’s toughest and most scenic trail marathons – are you up for the challenge?

A trio of trail running challenges collectively promise to be one of the highlights of the first South West Outdoor Festival, which takes place in the heart of Heddon Valley in North Devon this September. (23-25 September)

The main running events will take place on the Saturday morning of the weekend-long festival.  There are three distances for trail hounds to choose from:

  • A full off-road marathon-length race
  • A half-marathon event
  • The popular 10km challenge.

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The National Portrait Gallery and the National Trust explore Portraits after Hans Holbein the Younger

Jane Seymour (c) National Portrait Gallery, London

The new ‘Copying Holbein’ exhibition is now on show in the Long Gallery at Montacute House. Featuring portraits from the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and National Trust, the display brings together a selection of surviving copies of portraits by German painter Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8–1543).

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‘The South West has so much to offer for the outdoor fanatic of today’

Monty Halls

Monty Halls

The South West is a mecca for outdoor sport and adventure.  For the first time the South West Outdoor Festival brings them together in one unique place – at Heddon Valley – Exmoor’s secret valley .

The festival is being supported by numerous legends of the outdoor world who either hail from the region originally, or have gravitated here because of the wealth of exciting adventure opportunities that exist in the area.

Among them is Dartmouth-based TV presenter Monty Halls, who will be attending the festival as a speaker, film maker and self-confessed outdoor addict.

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First trip of Brownsea Seahorse

Dennis Medlycott wanted to visit Brownsea Island. It was a simple ambition but, since he depends on his electric wheelchair to get about, he could not get onto the boats taking visitors to the island. When he heard that we were about to trial a new boat, ‘Brownsea Seahorse’, which would be able to take disabled visitors to the island, Dennis offered his advice and came to try out the first service. Here he tells his own story of that first trip to the island:

It’s a dream come true that I am actually here in my electric wheelchair on Brownsea Island.
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Coast Path Challenge gets underway on the Exmoor coast from Minehead to Porlock Weir

Autumn on North Hill by Bob Small

Autumn on North Hill by Bob Small

The South West Coast Path Challenge in October 2015 is a new fundraising event, which aims to set a new record for the number of times people can walk or run the Coast Path in one month. Participants can create their own challenge or join one of four organised 10 mile challenge walks – every miles counts!

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#lovethecoast by Esther Pearson, Director of the South West Coast Path Association

Esther Pearson on the coast at St Ives

Esther Pearson on the coast at St Ives

“Having walked the path for the last 20 years, I couldn’t believe my luck when I had the great opportunity to join the small but growing South West Coast Path Association staff team.

The South West Coast Path is one of the most stunning walks in the world. 630 miles of changing scenery from the moorland start in Somerset, past the vast open stretches of north Devon beaches to the rugged cliffs of north Cornwall, sweeping around Land’s End and working back up the south Cornish coastline, through pretty fishing villages and past distant tin mines, south Devon resorts and onto the Jurassic coast, ending in Dorset.

Before children when I lived in Exeter I would travel to the North Devon and Cornwall coast to enjoy long sections of the Coast Path on wet and wild winter days, my favourite views being the dramatic and craggy coastline such as Hartland in Devon and Carnewas in Cornwall.

After children and settling in to the little village of South Milton in the South Hams we enjoy ambles along the National Trust ‘treasures’ at South Milton Sands to Hope Cove and onwards from Bolberry Down to Salcombe. I may be ever so slightly biased but the South West Coast Path is the most important asset that links everything together and makes it possible for us all to access stunning places – making life long memories.  Walking along the Path everyone smiles and says hello; I like to think they too feel a freedom and happiness and are bursting to share it. Hot or cold, wet or dry but generally exhausted we love to fall in to the Beach Café at the National Trust’s South Milton Sands, perch on a bench beside other families and revive ourselves at one of Devon’s favourite eating and drinking places.

It costs roughly £1,000 for every mile of this glorious Path to keep it open, accessible and clearly signed. My boys and I will be taking part in the South West Coast Path Challenge in October to help protect the stunning coastline in the south west and be part of a new world record for the number of times the Coast Path can be covered in one month. It costs just £10 to register at www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/events/challenge What will your challenge be?”

Esther Pearson.

South West Coast Path Association.