The Coleridge Way ends at Lynmouth (or begins there) after its 51 mile journey from Nether Stowey where Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived in the late eighteenth century. Not only does The Coleridge Way end there, but it’s also the termination of The Two Moors Way and The Tarka Trail where they all meet The South West Coast Path.

The Walker statue, Lynmouth

The unveiling of the Walker by John Craven

On Monday, 8th May, John Craven from the BBC’s Countryfile (and perhaps even better remembered for Newsround), together with Suzette Hibbert, Lynton’s Mayor, unveiled a new statue to commemorate this convergence of paths – The Walker.

The statue is an outline of a walker, complete with flat cap extending a hand to all that pass by and to congratulate all those finishing The Coleridge and Two Moors Ways. The simple act of shaking the statue’s hand and having one’s photo taken doing it, gives walkers a sense of completion – something that is often missing from the end of a long-distance path. Then, of course, the Visitors’ Centre will furnish all walkers with a certificate.

Ian attended as a representative of the Coleridge Way, meeting the Mayor and John Craven on a beautiful spring day on the Esplanade. The weather could not have been kinder with a cloudless blue sky and a crowd of tee-shirt clad visitors there to support the unveiling. In fact, there were three unveilings; one official, one for the close-up on JC and then one for the long-distance drone shot – Oh the romance of television!

The event was being filmed by the BBC for Countryfile Spring Diaries, an off-shoot from the main Countryfile programme, and is due to be shown on BBC1 at 9.15am on Friday, 2nd June, so set your video recorders and you’ll see how lovely Lynmouth is.