Clovelly Best Heritage Attraction/Cornwall Best Holiday Destination

Clovelly Harbour

 Countryfile Magazine has today announced the winners of the second annual Countryfile Magazine Awards, and Cornwall and Devon come out of them rather well in terms of holiday locations, food and, in the case of Clovelly, North Devon, best heritage attraction.

The Countryfile Magazine Awards 2012 are a celebration of our countryside and its people – from great landscapes and rural attractions to favourite country writers, conservation projects and regional foods. The awards were launched in the April 2012 issue of Countryfile Magazine and feature 12 categories.

In each of the 12 categories, a panel of experts drew up a shortlist of candidates. The awards were then voted for by readers of the magazine and members of the public via post, email and on the Countryfile Magazine website,

Fergus Collins, Editor of Countryfile Magazine, commented: “The Countryfile Magazine Awards are a great way for the magazine and its readers to celebrate the best of the British countryside. Essentially, we’re saying a heartfelt thanks to all those who work so hard to protect our landscapes, heritage and wildlife – and having a bit of fun along the way.”



Countryfile Magazine Awards 2012 winners:


Most beautiful garden
WINNER – Great Dixter, East Sussex
2nd – Mapperton, Dorset
3rd – Audley End Kitchen Garden, Essex


Favourite nature reserve
WINNER – London Wetland Centre (WWT)
2nd – Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire
3rd – Farne Islands (National Trust), Northumberland

Favourite British holiday location
WINNER – Cornwall
2nd – The Peak District

3rd – Lake District


Favourite outdoor brand
WINNER – The North Face
2nd – Regatta
3rd – Berghaus

Best heritage attraction
WINNER – Clovelly, Devon
2nd – Chatham Dockyard, Kent
3rd – Beamish Open Air Museum, County Durham

Britain’s favourite quirky event
WINNER – World Pooh Sticks Championships
2nd – Worm Charming Festival
3rd – Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championship


Favourite market town
WINNER – Louth, Lincolnshire

2nd – Ludlow, Shropshire
3rd – Richmond, Yorkshire
Favourite country writer
WINNER – Neil Oliver – A History of Ancient Britain
2nd – Stephen Moss – Wild Hares and Hummingbirds
3rd – Jules Pretty – This Luminous Coast


Favourite countryside TV presenter

WINNER – Matt Baker
2nd – Adam Henson

3rd – John Craven


Favourite regional dish

WINNER – Devon cream tea
2nd – Cornish pasty

3rd – West Country cider


Reader photo of the year

WINNER – Simon Auchterlonie – Coastal scene with lighthouse
2nd – Patrick Tully – Heron at falls

3rd – Raymond Hutcheon – Lighthouse with wave

The winners of the Countryfile Magazine Awards 2012 are published in the September issue of Countryfile Magazine, on sale 24 August priced £3.95.

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