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Outstanding Week

( Last Updated: 14-09-2016 )



17 to 24 September 2016

Outstanding Week starts this Saturday. It is an opportunity to explore and enjoy Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) up and down the country.

The Blackdown Hills is one of 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Together with National Parks, AONBs are particularly special landscapes with such outstanding distinctive character and natural beauty that they are protected in the national interest for future generations.

We are starting Outstanding Week on Saturday with an Introduction to Mammal Tracking – a chance for participants to learn how to look for and identify animal tracks and signs including badger, fox, deer, squirrel, dormouse and otter.

On Wednesday 21 September, you can volunteer with Neroche Conservation Volunteers and the Woodland Trust, helping to clear scrub from the glades of Adcombe Wood.

Also on Wednesday the Blackdown and East Devon Woodland Association will be running a Chainsaw Awareness Course, for those wishing brush up on their chainsaw skills.

There will be a musical end to Outstanding Week as community choir leader, Claire Anstee, leads a Singing Walk on Saturday 24 September. Setting off from the Tuckers Arms in Dalwood, this gentle walk will visit Loughwood Meeting House – a thatched 17th century Baptist chapel owned by the National Trust. What a wonderful setting for some uplifting harmonies!

Also throughout the week, we’ll be telling you a little more about the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and sharing our ideas for you get the most of this outstanding place.

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Walk, cycle and ride on our suggested routes around the Hills.

Click here to see all routes.

Planning a visit or looking for something to do this weekend? Check the Diary of Events here

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