Follow in the footsteps of the Romantic Poets with two unique arts projects for walkers, poets and families visiting the area.
‘Flycatchers’ are Coleridge’s own journal extracts geo-located in three locations on and around the route of the Coleridge Way. Visit http://coleridge.storywalks.info with your smart phone, then travel to one of the trail heads (at Nether Stowey, Watchet and Porlock Weir) and enjoy as images of the journal extracts are revealed. It’s like taking a walk with the poet himself.
Then discover new poetry by local children inspired by the diverse landscape of the Coleridge Way. The poems are wrapped in QR codes, laser etched onto slate and installed on finger posts along the route. Install a free scanning app in your smart phone and then find and decode the poetry as you walk.
‘QR codes are very well suited to the trail as they are designed to work off-grid and without network connection’ – Christopher Jelley, Coleridge Way lead artist, with ARTlife
Read the story behind the Coleridge Way arts projects at http://www.coleridgeway.blogspot.co.uk/
Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross
When you are in Wheddon Cross take a look at the Moorland Hall to see the new stained glass window celebrating Coleridge's poetry. The window reflects the seasons in Wheddon Cross, inspired by participants in this project reading Coleridge's poem Frost at Midnight. The first line of this poem is quoted along the border. The oval of clear glass in the centre is so that the view of Dunkery Beacon is not obscured on clear days.
The work, by the artist Avril Silk is the first of ARTlife's Creative Communities projects.
The Moorland Hall is on the main A396 road through Wheddon Cross on the other side of the road from The Rest & be Thankful pub, opposite the playing fields. The window is in the entrance porch which is around the right of the hall. You will find the hall open most days - just pop in and have a look.
Coleridge Garden, Porlock Visitor Centre
When you reach Porlock we already encourage you to pop into the Porlock Visitor Centre, if open, where you are assured of a great welcome. You should also visit the Coleridge Garden which can be found by going round the right of the Visitor Centre and then to the rear.
Here local artists and craftsmen, lead by Terry Gable, have created a fitting finale to the walk with a feature based on Kubla Khan. the famous poem written by Coleridge whilst in the area. The feature was officially opened by Richard Coleridge his great great great grandson in July 2007. The feature includes an arch way into the garden, a mosaic wall montage and a lovely picnic table.