Local college students take on heritage walk for TCCT

Local college students take on heritage walk for TCCT

Published: 3 May 2017

Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust (TCCT) was delighted to learn of a recent fundraising expedition undertaken by three local college friends. Isobel Dawson, Harriet Gilmour and Leila Bracken, all from Exeter College, have just walked the challenging John Musgrave Heritage Trail to raise funds for the Trust and its work in managing many of the places woven into this 35 mile ramble. 

The girls started their trek at Maidencombe, near Torquay on 13th April, finishing up in Brixham. The trail passes through Totnes, Kingskerswell and Berry Pomeroy and took the girls three days to complete, which they did across the Easter holidays. 

Currently studying for their International Baccalaureate the girls were required to provide a service to their local community by volunteering or fundraising as part of the course. 

Leila Bracken said:
“We were keen to do something together that would be fun and challenging whilst having a positive impact too. Quite by accident we stumbled across the John Musgrave Trail. Not being avid walkers, the length and nature of the trail made it seem a perfect starting point for a trio of amateurs. In addition, the route would take us through several well-known areas managed by the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, therefore presenting itself as the perfect "contextual" charity upon which to focus our fundraising efforts.  It's also worth mentioning that all three of us have, at some stage, been to either Cockington or to Occombe farm (I for one am rather fond of Occombe's Barn Breakfast!) and the three of us are highly supportive of the work TCCT does to conserve the glorious South Devon Countryside”.

“We hope our fundraising expedition reinforces to everyone the importance of looking after our ‘home patch’ and encourages people to fully involve themselves in the natural world on their door step”

The John Musgrave Heritage Trail was created by the South Devon Group of Ramblers, upon receiving a generous legacy from John, who was a lifelong passionate walker and Chair of the group. TCCT, The National Trust, Torbay Council and Teignbridge District Council were all originally involved in the planning of this route, created for everyone to enjoy John’s memory. 

TCCT are very grateful to the girls for their efforts in not only raising much needed funds but also for raising awareness of Trust and the important role it plays in local conservation and the care of our much loved coastline and countryside.

If you would like more information on this press release please contact Sarah James:   [email protected] or call 01803 520 022. 


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