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The North Devon CoastlineOver the past 10 months North Devon has been celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its coastline being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visitors to the area and locals alike will be well aware the reasons this area has been given the title. Its stunning coastline, rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, quaint villages and ancient rural farmland are some of the reasons that the area was designated in 1959 and confirmed in 1960.

The area that has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty stretches from Combe Martin to the edge of the Cornwall border at Marsland Mouth and covers 66 square miles of land.  Some areas within the coastline are in need of extra protection and have been designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, which means they will be monitored a lot more closely than the rest. To add further protection, it is also been awarded as a Heritage Coast and is located within the country’s only UNESCO Biosphere reserve.

To celebrate the 50 years of the regions coastline being an AONB, a wide range of events are being held that highlight all aspects of North Devon life including the culture, wildlife and the region’s history. Workshops, talks, walks, music performances, exhibitions, and activities will all help raise public awareness within the region and nationally. Some of the events including the Appledore Visual Arts Festival are being held in conjunction with the North Devon Festival which also runs throughout June.

The celebrations will culminate on June 27th with full and half marathons taking place in Woolacombe, with parts of the race being run on the award winning beach. Proceeds from this event are in aid of the North Devon Hospice.

So if you are on holiday and staying in Woolacombe Accommodation why not come along to some of the events or come and watch the marathons on the beach. For more information please visit www.northdevoncoast.org.uk.


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