Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sidmouth to Taunton Apple Trail

Apple blossom is now appearing at the Old Bakery in Branscombe:

Branscombe Devon: Delightful romantic Devon cottage by the sea in Branscombe. ... - 1410639

Indeed, a walk through apple trees is a real pleasure:

Branscombe historic walk | National Trust

Last month saw the opening of a community orchard in Axminster:
New East Devon apple orchard will provide vital new habitat for bees | Devon Live

Although others would prefer to celebrate the apple by taking off all their clothes:
Why are these Westcountry cider lovers naked in a field at the crack of dawn? | Devon Live

Alternatively, you might like a wee stroll:

It will start at Taunton Cricket Ground and finish at Sidmouth Cricket Club - and Somerset County Cricket Club was formed at Sidmouth  
Walking is by far the biggest recreation of visitors to Devon, so it should be good for the economy of the Sid Valley and beyond. 
The aim is for people to eat apples as they walk, and just push the pips into the ground. Some will take and grow.

Here's the piece in the Herald:

Apple Trail could link Sidmouth and cider-drinking South West

25 March 2017

Stephen Sumner

Plans are afoot that could bring thousands of walkers a year to Sidmouth and communities across the cider-producing South West.

Chamber of commerce president Richard Eley said the Apple Trail to Taunton could boost trade at rural pubs and accommodation providers along the way. And he said it could promote lesser-known varieties of apples, such as the Woolbrook Russet and the Woolbrook Pippin that originate in Sidmouth.

Mr Eley said: “The idea is to create a nationally-recognised footpath route that will run north to south from Taunton to Sidmouth, thus complementing and linking with the East Devon Way, which runs from west to east. The route has been carefully chosen using existing footpaths to provide a scenic and safe route that will take walkers past village stores, country pubs and accommodation providers.

“The apple theme will celebrate Devon and Somerset’s long tradition of apple growing and cider production. Sidmouth is an obvious choice for a destination role as we have plenty of accommodation, and a strong association with apple production - the Woolbrook Pippin and Woolbrook Russet were two varieties developed in the town. Walking is the most popular of all tourist activities and it is hoped that the Apple Trail will generate considerable economic benefits with only a minimal investment, and at the same time showcase the marvellous countryside that surrounds us.”

The chamber of commerce is promoting the trail with the Blackdown Hills Business Association, and it also has the support of East Devon District Council’s tourism champion, Councillor Jenny Brown.

Apple Trail could link Sidmouth and cider-drinking South West - Breaking news & sport in Sidmouth | Sidmouth Herald

These are the two varieties mentioned:

Woolbrook Russet - Apple Tree £12.00 - Cooking Apples - Late Season Apple Trees and Fruit Trees For Sale.

Woolbrook Pippin nationalfruitcollection

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