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IAT Holds AGM in Plymouth, England

From October 6-9, the International Appalachian Trail held its Annual General Meeting in and around the historic city of Plymouth, England, in conjunction with a National Trails Annual Meeting.

AGM 2014 - IMG_3207e2s(click on photo to make larger)

The event was hosted by the South West Coast Path National Trail, and included tours of Dartmoor National Park, English Riviera Geopark and South Devon AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).



The October 7 Meeting was held at the National Marine Aquarium on the waterfront in Plymouth


and was sponsored in part by this home port of Sir Francis Drake, first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe (1577-80), and Sir Humphrey Gilbert, adventurer, soldier and member of Parliament who established the first English colony in the New World at Newfoundland in 1583.

Sir Francis Drake statue on Plymouth Hoe


Plymouth was also the departure point of the Mayflower Pilgrims, who established the Plymouth Colony near Boston in 1620, and home of the British Navy's Royal William Victualling Yard.



The meeting was opened by Plymouth Deputy Lord Mayor Pauline Murphy and Council Leader Tudor Evans

(L-R) Front: Dave Startzell, former Executive Director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy; Tudor Evans, Plymouth Council Leader; Deputy Lord Mayor Pauline Murphy; Councillor Brian Vincent, Consort to Deputy Lord Mayor; Don Hudson, IAT Maine President; Back: Mark Owen, South West Coast Path Manager and Paul Wylezol, IAT Chairperson


For more on the story, go to the IAT website