21 Apr 2022

A new bench to mark the John Muir Way has been installed on Helensburgh’s esplanade, at the western end of the long distance route, just in time for John Muir Day and the 8th anniversary of the route opening. The new bench replaces the original oak bench, which had fallen into disrepair, and is inscribed with quotes from John Muir’s writings, to inspire walkers and cyclists setting out on the Way or to welcome them at the end of their journey.

Heron Bros and new JMW bench 2 credit Heron Bros 01

The new bench was arranged by the Green Action Trust and funded by NatureScot and Argyll & Bute Council. While it matches those being installed outside the new leisure centre in the Helensburgh Waterfront Development, this one has been specially tailored with Muir quotes, and was installed by Heron Bros as part of their community activity in the town.

The two engraved quotes are:

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks"

"Keep close to nature's heart and break clear away once in a while"

Elaine Macintosh, Development Officer at the Green Action Trust, said:

"We’d had a report that the existing bench was broken, and so we took the opportunity to refresh the route start location by installing a new one. We hope that the quotes inscribed on the bench will increase the profile of the John Muir Way and catch the interest of people who might not know much about John Muir or the long distance route. We’re grateful to Heron Bros for installing the bench and giving the existing stone artwork a good clean too. Likewise for support from the Council and the Helensburgh Waterfront Development team."

Kevin Farrell, Project Manager at Heron Bros, said:

“Myself and the Heron Bros site team on the Helensburgh Waterfront Development are delighted to have been able to assist the Green Action Trust in refreshing such an iconic focal point in the town as the John Muir Way."