Sunday, 5 May 2013

Finding your feet at Fairlynch



"The best of Budleigh Salterton is on display in Fairlynch. Local history and local geology sit together in a charming building. Every time I walk past or go inside, I am reminded of why this town is so special."  That’s what the broadcaster and former Budleigh resident Sue Lawley told us a few years ago.

Yes indeed. May is National Walking Month. Living Streets, the national charity that works to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets, is encouraging people to walk with their successful annual initiatives of Walk to Work Week and Walk to School Week during the current month.

Living Streets is also urging people to enjoy the thrill of making those wonderful little finds that happen only when you’re on foot. “Walking is a great way to discover hidden gems in your neighbourhood - be it for the view, the ambience, or a particular attraction,” they say.

The charity has launched a campaign to discover such hidden gems, inviting people to join with them in their quest to find new national treasures. The top new discoveries will be crowned one of the seven wonders of National Walking Month.

Entries opened on 1 May. Living Streets will pick the final seven on the strength of how they are described. You can send in photos and even videos, but make sure you tell the campaign organisers why your Hidden Treasure is so special.

Maybe you’ll find your footsteps taking you to Fairlynch this month. It may be ages since you last set foot inside the Museum. Or you may never have visited the charming building before. Now that we have free admission you may feel like joining the growing number of visitors to Budleigh who find that Fairlynch is truly one of the town’s hidden gems.   

And if, like Sue Lawley, you feel it’s a national treasure worth writing about do let the people at Living Streets know about us. For more details click on
Image credit: Living Streets with an amendment by Fairlynch Museum






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