Visitors have ‘Moor to Sea’ at this year’s Pride celebrations

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Three Westcountry Gay Pride organisations are coming together to hold two joint events for the first time next month. A four-mile walk and picnic will be held at Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, Torpoint, Cornwall, on Saturday, August 15.

It falls on the weekend mid-way between the annual Cornwall Pride festival, in Truro, on August 8, and Plymouth prideevent on August 22, and is part of a ‘Moor to Sea’ initiative designed to attract visitors to the westcountry region.

Plymouth prideevent, now in its fourth year, is the region’s largest lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and trans celebration and takes place mainly in and around Plymouth Guildhall. Cornwall Pride, in its second year, has three linked events taking place around Lemon Quay in Truro.

Because this year the Cornwall and Plymouth events fall close together, the organisers anticipate people from all over the country are likely to stay in the area to take in both Pride celebrations and enjoy the scenic moorland and coastline.

Plymouth and Cornwall Prides will be joined by Exeter LGBT Pride for the Mount Edgcumbe walk, which is expected to attract more than 100 people.

The walk starts at 11.45 am from the fountain in the gardens of the Orangery Restaurant and follows the landscape park trail to Maker Church before returning via the coast to the Temple of Milton, Barn Pool, where a bring-your-own picnic starts at 2 pm.

The historic house and country gardens of Mount Edgcumbe was chosen as the venue because it is jointly owned by Plymouth City Council and Cornwall Council and it can be used as a setting for civil partnerships.

Many visitors from all over the country are expected to stay in the area for the Plymouth and Cornwall Pride events, especially as this year Plymouth will have a full week of activities in and around the city leading up to August 22, starting with the walk and picnic.

For visitors to Cornwall Pride, the walk and picnic will be a relaxing way to unwind after the parade, afternoon park event, and evening marquee celebration.

Plymouth prideevent committee member Prudence de Villiers said: “I am delighted we have three LGBT organisations working together to put on an event which will appeal to so many people across the whole of Devon and Cornwall and even further afield.

“Mount Edgcumbe is a wonderful venue for walks and picnics as there is so much to experience about its heritage, and if people choose to use the ferry to get there, then it will add even more to the atmosphere of the occasion.

“The walk and the picnic will help round off the Pride festival in Cornwall and at the same time kick-start the Plymouth celebrations.”