TWO MORE additions have been made to the West Country’s treasure trove of heritage attractions.
A popular North Devon inn has just been bought by the National Trust. And a new trail has been set up to honour a pioneering West Country writer.
Hunter’s Inn will continue to provide people with a place to eat, drink and stay in the heart of the Heddon Valley. The trust says its acquisition helps to secure the future of this beautiful coastal valley for nature and for people.
The Inn lies at the heart of 2,000 acres of land the Trust already cares for.
Rob Joules said: “By buying Hunter’s Inn, we can do more to make people’s time here special, and do even more to support the wildlife and habitats that are seeing huge declines elsewhere.”
Near Bristol, a new self-led poetry walk inspired by poet Hannah More has been opened in the woodland at Tyntesfield by the Trust.
Bristol-born Hannah More (1745-1833) was one of the most influential women of her day. A successful poet, playwright and campaigner, she was a champion of social reform, female education and the abolition of slavery.
For six years, she spent much of her time on Tyntesfield’s neighbouring estate, Belmont (now privately owned and not open to the public), and was inspired to write poetry by the sheer beauty of her surroundings.
More was a regular guest at the Belmont estate through her relationship with the owner, William Turner.
During their courtship they laid out the planting and paths in the woodland, part of which is now on the Tyntesfield estate, and Turner arranged for More’s poems to be painted onto wooden boards and attached to trees along the paths. It is these boards the National
Trust team at Tyntesfield have replicated to form the new walk.
More’s relationship with Turner ended in heartbreak. Turner postponed their wedding three times over six years before eventually breaking the engagement altogether.
Alongside the new poetry walk, the team at Tyntesfield have welcomed a poet-in-residence to the estate. Bristol-based writer Holly Corfield Carr, has been exploring Hannah More’s legacy through a brand new collection of poetry, due for publication later this year, and will be running a series of workshops across the summer.