Creative Consultation

The Scenic Route

New off-road greenways are using disused railtracks to link communities across Pennine Lancashire.  Find out more about this emerging network at consultation sessions.

Mid Pennine Arts is collaborating with the Lancashire County Council and are organising events to consult with local people and invite their input on how the routes are developed.  MPA’s aim is to animate the sessions with creative activities.

So far film-maker Huckleberry Films and artist Cath Ford were at drop in sessions in May at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum and Futures Park, Bacup.  Huckleberry’s informal video booth recorded points of view.  To encourage people to participate we commissioned artist Richard Dawson to create the Wayfinders’ Throne, not many people could resist the chance to sit in that!  Meanwhile Cath helped people to explore their own part of the route by helping fill in her giant map.

Creative practitioner, Shonagh Ingram, has taken the giant map to schools and community groups which helped facilitate discussions about their hopes, and fears, for the proposed plans.

In Whitworth, artist collective Glassball, visited the pub, a residential home, the museum and other public spaces to inform and engage people with the plans and record their Whitworth Stories.

Last, but not least, the Spodden Valley Explorers and the Greenway Explorers have been popping up at events to engage, inform and entertain.

Look out for future opportunities to learn more about the Greenways. MPA is delighted to be collaborating on this long-term vision for sustainable transport.  As they develop, we aim to introduce a creative dimension to these brilliant future facilities for walkers, cyclists and riders of all ages and abilities.  If you want to get involved in The Scenic Route or have an interest in the development of the routes, we would love to hear from you.  Contact Nick Hunt or Shonagh Ingram at MPA.


The Scenic Route is made possible by support from Arts Council England, through Grants for the Arts, and from Lancashire County Council.