“I see the beauty of the sea and how insignificant we all are. I feel the interconnection of the sea and the land”

“Our experience working with the lovely people from the AONB has been wonderful!”

Tabitha and Zainab, Kingswear primary school

"The great thing is sharing a wonderful day with others and just having the time to talk and listen"

Layered walk participant

“Memories of a 12 year old boy...

...my first trip on a beam trawler, BM52. I can’t forget the smell of fish and diesel. The crashing and banging of the gear, the shouting of my dad and crew, the boat continually rolling”

“When I am near the sea I am aware of the sacred continuity of time and my brief presence"

"I would like my child to grow in confidence, be able to join in, to want to be outdoors and play with friends"

Nesting participant

"Wild Parkour makes me feel free...being in nature makes me feel like I can do anything"

Wild Parkour participant

What we did…

Some activities were targeted at groups of people who might not normally get out and engage with their local countryside, others were open to anyone. Here are some examples:


‘Nesting’ Greenway Estate

Young mothers from nearby Brixham and their babies attended a dream catching, heron-observing picnic in the walled garden at Greenway. The day was bright and sunny and the yoga movements inspiring. The sculpture of Greenway mother and child was a shady spot to think about how it is to be a mother in Brixham today. Thanks to Victoria and Chelsie for supporting this picnic and for Carly and National Trust staff for making it happen.

Observing the Dart from Greenway

Exploring Greenway gardens

‘Sundown and Seasongs’

We also arranged a special event for people who give up their time to volunteer in the countryside and coast of the area. A windy but beautiful evening with food and stories about the sea. Volunteers from various charities involved in caring for the sea and landscape that surrounds us came to celebrate the sea itself. Thanks to the National Coast watch Institute at Froward Point and the volunteers for hosting the event and to the Old Gaffers for their voices.

Observing the sea from Froward Point

The National Coastwatch Institution lookout at Froward Point

‘Wild Parkour’

Three Wild Parkour sessions were held along the coastline near Brixham. Learning about the history and natural world on Brixham’s doorstep with help from Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, the group learned new ways of moving through and connecting with the environment. Thanks for Kyle Perkins of Parkour Experience for the gift of confidence to overcome fear.

View the short youtube film that was made as part of the project.

Wild Parkour on the coast

Wild Parkour, Brixham. © Andrew Hughes

 ‘A layered journey’

An all day trek from Brixham, to Churston cove and Greenway, then a boat ride to Kingswear and bus back to Brixham. This walk was punctuated by surprise guest experts and led by local historian John Risdon. Stories about bat flyways, fish byways, human permissive paths and ancient tracks filled the day. Thanks to John Risdon for filling our heads with ancestor stories and rooting us in our local area through the past.

Meeting the Head gardener at Greenway

The Grove woods and limekiln

...The Peninsula Quest!

During the project people were invited to take part in our quest and discover the treasures of the area. Participants collected a quest pack and followed clues to find ten letterboxes hidden around the area. The locations took people to different spots all around the Peninsula and gave them different views and experiences of the area. A set of challenges also helped participants think about what their connection was to the area and how the being out in the landscape made them feels. The locations of the letterboxes, and views from them, are marked on the Routeways and Connections pin board map.

The lucky winners were awarded a prize of afternoon tea for six at the Guardhouse Cafe at Berry Head, kindly donated by Alex and Lucy Foley.

Peninsula Quest winners, Melissa, Jake, Emma and Steve Bonnett with Lucy Foley from the Guardhouse Cafe

...Catchment Connections

Me and my water catchment

With the Dart on one side and the sea around the others, we wanted to explore our connection with the water. Children from Kingswear primary school worked with artists to create songs and write poems inspired by their studies of the water catchment. These were then performed at exhibitions in Kingswear village Hall and Lupton House. They also developed games that other children could use to learn about the water catchment and our connection to it. These can be downloaded on the right.

Catchment Connections exhibition and performance, Kingswear Village Hall

Years 3 and 4 visit the creek to find out more about what lives there.

What is our connection with the water catchment?

...Peninsula Fair

The finale of the project was a Peninsula Fair at Lupton House. It was a great day showcasing just some of the things that are going on the area and the people that are helping to look after this special landscape. Just over 400 people came and shared in the celebrations which included singing, tasting local foods, crafts, walks, stories and more. There was a chance to travel back in time in our Map room and see how the Peninsula has changed and evolved over the past 250 years.

If you would like to have a look at our maps of the Peninsula over time, download the layered PDF on the right, it's best viewed in Adobe Acrobat Reader. It is quite big (29Mb), so make sure your internet can cope! There is also a separate map of the Churston Ferrers parish tithe map over laid onto a modern map.

Peninsula Postcards, map room at Lupton House

Tasting the landscape at the Terrior Table

The Brixham Baker Boys prepare a feast!

Sharing our stories!

Throughout the activities in the project, participants were invited to record their observations and thoughts on the peninsular and their connection to it. These have been collated and shared on the Routeways and Connections pin board map.

Map room, Lupton House Peninsula Fair

Photo credits: South Devon AONB and Shelley Castle, unless otherwise stated.