REDCLIFFE RIVERSIDE PATH
One of Wareham’s most popular riverside walks,
until recently nothing but a muddy track, was completely
redeveloped in early 2013 by the Trust and is already proving a
great success in creating a better and safer route between the two
communities of Wareham and Ridge, and also a greatly enhanced
stretch of the ever popular Purbeck Way.
Since then the
enjoyment of the path has been added to by the installation, by
the Trust, of three information boards.
Walking from Wareham towards Ridge the first
board, entitled ‘A Walk on the Wildside’, tells the story of the
wildlife that you might encounter along the river and was produced
in partnership with Dorset Wildlife Trust.
The second board, entitled ‘From River to
Coast’ illustrates the changing scene around you, ‘the past, the
present, the future’ caused by rises in sea levels, and what is
being done by man to try and hold back the water. This board was
produced in partnership with LiCCo (Living with a Changing Coast),
and linked to the Environment Agency.
The third board, produced in partnership with
The Westerman Yarns, is devoted to the memory of local author
Percy F. Westerman 1876-1959, and marks the position where The
Barge, his houseboat home, was moored and where he wrote his
numerous ‘ripping yarns’ for boys. The board was officially
unveiled by Eric Axford and Michael Spilman, who as boys both knew
Percy Westerman. The ceremony on Wednesday 23rd July was also
attended by local dignitaries, friends and family, and the
sponsors of the board, and followed by a reception at the
Redcliffe Yacht Club.
John Scott, Development Manager, Wareham & District
01929 554236 Mob: 07971 029940 E-mail:
Design of information panels by Debi Waller of Art Studio 36