Archive for August, 2010


This is notice of a PUBLIC MEETING about South Efford marsh to be held on Friday September 17th from 7pm in Aveton Gifford Memorial Hall.   Representatives of the Environment Agency will be present to explain how they plan to proceed, having considered the community’s responses to their proposal to create a salt marsh on the site (SEE THIS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER DETAILS). 

 Anybody interested is invited to attend.  Gary Streeter MP will chair the meeting.  An Agenda is available to view by clicking here – Final Agenda – Proposals for South Efford Marsh


Don & Mary Gaskins have generously offered to lead a walk up the Avon Valley from South Brent for ACA members (and friends) on Wednesday 22 September at 1100.  If the weather is foul on the 22nd, the walk will be postponed until Sunday 26th September – all other details would be the same.   Contact details for information are 01752 336049 or e-mail – .

Don writes – Join us on a walk along fields, tracks and footpaths to explore the upper Avon valley above South Brent. The countryside should be at its glorious autumn best by then.

Meet at Station Yard Car Park, South Brent at 1100 – go into the centre of the village and turn right just after the Pack Horse pub and before the one-way system starts by the CoOp.  Drive up past the shops for about a hundred yards.  The car park is on the left just after the Royal Oak pub and immediately before you go over the railway bridge.

Bring a packed lunch, a drink and wet weather gear and wear stout footwear.  The walk is about five miles and should take about 2.5 to 3 hours (depending on how long we stop to admire the views and pick blackberries) plus a lunch stop at Shipley Bridge.  The route is steep in places but downhill (mostly) on the way back and there is plenty of interest to see.

This section of the river is totally different to the estuary which many know well.  It is a fast flowing Dartmoor stream with mossy rocks, pools and waterfalls.  Much of the valley is wooded with steep fields on either side – many reverting to bracken and scrub.   We can have access to the river banks in several places.


The following piece by Rosie Taylor featured as the main article in the Kingsbridge & Salcombe Gazette of 13th August 2010 – KG130810_SEM