BBC Countryfile’s John Craven unveiled an iconic new statue “The Walker” on The Esplanade in Lynmouth on Exmoor, North Devon, on Monday 8 May.
Commissioned to mark the end of The Coleridge Way long-distance walking route, “The Walker” also indicates the closing stage of The Two Moors Way, as well as pinpointing where both these walks intersect with the South West Coast Path; the UK’s longest national trail.
Designed and constructed by local craftsman Richard Graham, the statue will be made from reinforced 8mm marine quality stainless steel wire and shows a larger-than-life walker stretching out his hand in greeting.
Lynton’s Mayor Suzette Hibbert, a director of the Lyn Community Development Trust, said “We asked Richard to make a model of a walker with which the visitors could interact, we were very keen to make them aware of Lynmouth’s role as a premier walking destination and The Walker fits the brief perfectly.”
The project was led by the Lyn Community Development Trust and the design has been endorsed by the Lyn Economic and Tourism Alliance (LETA), the Cliff Railway, the Art and Crafts Centre, Andrea Davis (County Councillor), John Patrinos (District Councillor), the Coleridge Way Steering Group and Exmoor National Park. Together with the Lyn Community Development Trust all have made financial contributions to complete the project.
“It’s exciting to have this iconic statue on the seafront at Lynmouth,” commented Jennette Baxter, Development Manager, Visit Exmoor. “It’s position at the conjunction of three great long distance trails celebrates the sheer choice of walks available in the area and highlights Exmoor as the place to go for a great walking experience.”
The Coleridge Way: Walk 51 miles in the footsteps of the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge through the stunning Somerset countryside of the Quantock Hills, the Brendon Hills and on Exmoor, Lynmouth to the sea.
The Two Moors Way spans 102 miles from Ivybridge on the southern boundary of Dartmoor National Park to Lynmouth on the North Devon Coast in Exmoor National Park. A Coast to Coast walk can be added by starting at Wembury on the South Devon coast adding around 15 miles. www.TwoMoorsWay.org
South West Coast Path covers 630 miles of superb coastline from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset making it the longest National Trail in the UK. https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/