Morte Point is a beautiful headland owned by the National Trust and within walking distance of Kittiwake One. It’s always worth a visit for the breathtaking views across to Lundy Island and Hartland Point but during 2014 there’s an extra reason to get your walking boots on: ‘Life and Morte’. 

Life and Morte

Jay Clement is a local contemporary artist and has designed the series of five sculptures, collectively known as 'Life and Morte’. His aim is to focus our attention on the perpetually cyclical nature of our environment through this medium. The sculptures incorporate local history and invite us to explore the question of our role in the broader environment. The five sculptures are:

  • Coalition
  • Speechless
  • Eternal Sunshine
  • Untitled1
  • Totem

Life and Morte was built with the help of the National Trust and local volunteers, and are open to view from April 5th to September 1st 2014. There is an companion app called ‘Jay Clement Outdoors' in the Apple iTunes App Store, available here. You can also check out Jay Clement’s website here for more information on the sculptures and his other work.

Even if you don’t get to see Life and Morte this year, the Headland itself is certainly worth a visit. The views are breathtaking and for the birdwatchers among you, the area is a well renowned spot. If you’re lucky you will also get to see a colony of seals which is sometimes visible from the northern ridge.

Getting to Morte Point from Kittiwake One

Morte Point is easy to get to as it’s serviced by the South West Coastal Path. Access is relatively well signposted down the side of the 'Ship Aground’ pub in Morthoe, or a little further down the lane just past ‘The Old Chapel’. You can walk from Kittiwake One or alternatively drive and park in the Morthoe village car park opposite Morthoe Post Office.

Packing Essentials for Morte Point

Morte Point is a grassy headland and can be slippery in wet conditions. There are steep hills and unprotected cliff edges so walking boots or other solid footwear is essential. The weather on the Point can change rapidly so remember to take wind and rain protection. And don’t forget to pack the camera!

The view from Morte Point, home of the 'Life and Morte' sculpture exhibition during 2014.