Devonshire, being one of the largest counties, has a wealth of variety in its countryside, from deep wooded river valleys to rolling open moorland, wild coast, seaports and ancient towns. Left behind by advances in agriculture which were unsuitable for its steep hillsides, has meant that there are few large estates but there are many ancient houses and churches tucked away waiting to be discovered.
The Devon Group was one of the first Regional Groups to be formed, over 20 years ago by Jane Schofield. Since then we have had a steady programme of between three and five events a year. We have a large mailing list with an enthusiastic core of supporters, including several members from other counties who often take a short holiday to include our visits. All ages are welcome to events which are arranged on a Saturday wherever possible and consist of a morning and afternoon visit to buildings with a similar theme, with a suitably interesting pub for optional lunch, if one can be found. Over the years we have visited open hall houses, Dartmoor longhouses, military buildings including the Citadel and Royal William Yard in Plymouth, follies such as Haldon Belvedere, castles, new cob cottages and industrial sites such as the mines of Exmoor or the granite quarries of Dartmoor.
We are often invited to see conservation projects in progress and have a good relationship with the National Trust and Landmark Trust, who both have many properties in the area often undergoing conservation or alteration. The for last two years we had a stand at the Totnes Eco homes Fair. New ideas for visits are always welcome.
For event bookings, please email Marian: firstname.lastname@example.org