Support National Air Ambulance Day 26th September

Monday, 20 September, 2010

Caroline Creer

Best Feet Forward

Have you made any plans to support National Air Ambulance Day this Sunday, 26th September?

One way to help is to enjoy a walk through the beautiful Devon countryside - what could be easier? Whether you are a keen hiker over hills and rough terrain, a willing rambler exploring Devon's rolling countryside, or more of a gentle stroller alongside the banks of a babbling brook or sandy beach, there will be a walk to suit all interests and abilities on Sunday 26 September, all in aid of the BBC Radio Devon's Air Miles walk for Devon Air Ambulance Trust. You can join an organised walk or even get together with friends and follow your own chosen route.

South Devon

Taking in creeks, mudflats, hills and wildlife, there are 5 separate walks organised by the South Devon Walking Festival, offering a walk for most abilities - choose from glimpses of Yealmpton's past, Sandy Sunday, West Charleton - Creek and Mudflats wildlife ramble, marvels of Mount Batten and the wonders of Wembury, to countryside, creeks, communities and industrial mysteries.


If myths and legends are more your thing, how about a 5-mile moderate circular route across moorland and through country lanes on Dartmoor, taking in Kitty Jay's Grave and Bowerman's Nose, with regular stops for tales about the history of Dartmoor. This walk will take approximately 3 hours, with cream teas and burgers available at The Hound of the Basket Meals.

East Devon

Or if you fancy a walk around East Devon, why not join members of the East Devon and Exeter Meeetup Group, who will be starting their walk from Hawkerland Car Park, opposite RSPB Aylesbeare Common. This walk will follow the East Devon Way for much of the walk. At the River Otter there is an option to walk over the bridge to Harpford and around Harpford Woods, adding about 2.25 miles to the 7.5 miles walk.


Another route offering stunning scenery is a 5.25 mile walk starting and finishing at the 'picture perfect' village square of Drewsteignton on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. The early part of this journey passes through some ancient woodland and close by one of the largest Beech trees you will ever see.
Later, lofty views over the steep wooded slopes and glimpses of the forbidding-looking Castle Drogo, built in the 1920's by Sir Edwin Lutyens, are seen. This walk is moderate in its character, but extreme in its variance. It has been described as "quite simply one of the best walks in Devon". Fiona and Paul, the owners of the fabulous Drewe Arms in the Square at Drewsteignton, have kindly offered to give a FREE CREAM TEA to all the day's walkers in return for a donation to the Appeal.

Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust said 'This is a great way to get out and about in the beautiful Devon countryside. There's a walk for all ages and abilities. We would like to thank all of our group organisers for their hard work in organising the walks. It's not too late to take part in this event. Why not either organise your own, or just go for a walk with friends and family and all make a small donation towards the BBC Radio Devon Air Ambulance Appeal. If everyone in Devon gave just £1 our £600,000 appeal total would be reached straight away.

Caroline added 'For start times and further information on any of the walks please contact us on 01392 466666 or email and we will send you full details. Alternatively if you have internet access, full details are available at'

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