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New Horsham Cycle Path for famous poet

A new cycle path has been opened on the Warnham Park Estate to commemorate the bicentenary death of Horsham born poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

A new cycle path has been opened on the Warnham Park Estate to commemorate the bicentenary death of Horsham born poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

20 cyclists completed a six mile cycle in memory of Shelley for the opening of the Shelley Cycle Path last weekend (July 9).

The cycle ride took riders through the Horsham district and stopped at the poets favourite locations along the way. 

 These included amongst others, The Causeway, where Shelley’s father owned a house, St Mary’s Church with its Shelley Tower, Arun House where Shelley’s grandfather lived, along the banks of the River Arun where Shelley took a lot of his inspiration, Warnham Pond near his birthplace of Field Place and St Margaret’s Church in Warnham village which marked the end of the cycle ride.

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture Cllr Roger Noel commented: "As one of the most significant English Romantic poets and known the world over for such original verses, we are very proud of Shelley and his close association with our District.

"At the bicentenary of his untimely death, it is very appropriate that we honour his achievements in poetry.

"Having a dedicated cycle path which features the famous landmarks frequented by Shelley in his lifetime is a truly unique tribute to him.

Being remembered by our community with a special bicycle ride on such a beautiful summer’s day was also a lovely way to reflect upon him and his words."

 

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