When: 16th February 2019 2pm
Where: Meet at Tavistock Visitor Information Centre
Description: Join this guided heritage walk along the route of the picturesque Tavistock Canal from its source at Abbey Weir down to Lumburn, where the canal originally branched off to the slate quarry at Mill Hill. En-route we will visit the Wharf complex, the Meadows, and pass the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake. We will also learn about John Taylor, the mining engineer responsible for the construction of the canal, and about how the canal developed during the mining boom of the 19th century, supplying the port of Morwellham and helping ensure Tavistock’s prosperity. After the mining boom, the canal fell into disrepair – what might its future be? Come along to find out!
This walk will take about 3 hours and is over 5 miles long – please wear suitable footwear and prepare for whatever the weather throws at us. If we are lucky we may well be accompanied by the resident kingfisher!
Tickets cost £5 per person (accompanied under-16s free) and can be bought on the day or in advance at the Tavistock Visitor Information Centre. They can also be booked online through Tavistock Heritage Trust website: https://www.heritageintavistock.org/events