Opened during the park’s 40th birthday celebrations this month, the Eco Trail encourages visitors to make the most of the great outdoors and learn something new along the way.
Over two miles long, the trail meanders across part of the 90 acres of parkland.
It follows points of ecological interest, including those that have helped to win River Dart Country Park a host of environmental awards.
The trail starts near the park’s reception, winding along through the woodland, up the impressive hillside known as ‘Mount Sinai’, before emerging by the River Dart.
Breath-taking views, fascinating discoveries and secluded picnic spots help to make this a walk to remember.
Along the Eco Trail are 10 information points that offer an interactive experience for those curious about ecology.
Powered by winding a lever, each information point plays a different short video.
Free to use, the trail is perfect for a fun and educational day out.
River Dart Country Park is building on its already unparalleled reputation for eco initiatives with this latest addition to the park.
Having invested over £1 million in various renewable energy projects and reducing its carbon footprint by 80%, the park recently won a national environmental award for the Best Renewable Energy Project, and a South West award for the Best Environment Project.
Park owner, Mark Simpson, said: “Our new Eco Trail plays to our strengths; allowing people to explore our stunning surroundings and get back to nature. We feel incredibly lucky that the park is in such a spectacular setting and the wealth of wildlife is something we want everyone to enjoy. We also work incredibly hard to make the park as environmentally friendly as it can be. Our new attraction is the perfect way to celebrate all of this, while learning something and having a lot of fun in the process.”
It means the park is self-sufficient for two-thirds of the year and it reduces electricity consumption in the busy summer months.
Additionally, its biomass boiler and underground pipe network delivers hot water to the campsite and solar panels provide further power around the site.
There is also a “Zero waste to Landfill” policy, and a commitment to sustainable timber production and biodiversity in the local wildlife.
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