A brand new Toposcope, built to replace one that went missing 15 years ago, was unveiled at the top of Ilfracombe Torrs a week ago. Designed by students of Ilfracombe Arts College, the Toposcope, made of cast bronze, reflects Ilfracombe’s cultural Victorian heritage, local wildlife, coastal landscape and North Devon’s surf scene.
Weighing over 200kg and measuring 1.1metres in diameter the Toposcope was placed on a newly built stone cairn and seat which has panoramic views along the coast, east towards Exmoor, west towards Bull Point and Lundy, and north across the sea towards the Gower Peninsular.
The Toposcope has been a joint partnership project between the North Devon National Trust, Ilfracombe Art College students and the South West Coast Path team as part of the European Funded “Unlocking Our Coastal Heritage Discovery Point” project.
The South West Coast Path/ RDPE project ‘Unlocking our Coastal Heritage’ is providing a series of Discovery Points along the South West Coast Path to add to visitors’ understanding and appreciation of the coastline. Each Discovery Point consists of a high quality local information point and aims to share inspirational knowledge on a relevant theme to broaden the appeal of the 40 chosen locations.