At the beginning of June, we had the official opening of the bright and beautiful WWII lookout on Kipling Tors, Westward Ho!
Thanks to a £2000 grant from the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Sustainable Development Fund and internal funding from the National Trust, the work to repair the concrete structure of the lookout, making it structurally sound with an improved, more accessible footpath to the lookout, has now been completed – not an easy task as its up a short steep path, and a lot of concrete had to be wheelbarrowed up!
What has really given the lookout the wow factor is the fantastic murals which were painted by the children of St Margarets School, with the help of artist Marci Baxter, which depict the historical, cultural and wildlife importance of the site – and really bring the lookout back to life. In addition to that a ‘toposcope’ has been installed around the edge of the lookout which will help visitors to identify locations and distances across the bay to Hartland Point, Lundy, Baggy Point and beyond.
At the official opening, we were really lucky to be joined by Rose Day, Chairmain of the North Devon AONB, and Councillors Kathy Murdoch and Alison Boyle – as well as all the children involved and it was great to see them explain what they did and show their artwork inside the lookout. It really is a special place so do make an effort to go and see it for yourself, it’s just off the coastpath as you leave the outskirts of Westward Ho!. Enjoy the slideshow which shows the transformation from start to finish – what a great project, and thanks to everyone involved.