ROUTES is an Arts Council England (ACE) lottery funded community arts project which aims to engage rurally and culturally isolated communities in East Devon with their local natural environment using multi-disciplinary creative practice. It will develop a process of co-creation with these communities that seeks to forge a strong partnership of collaboration between community, cultural and landscape partners.


Over the year, on behalf of the AONB, Double Elephant Print Workshop artist Emma Molony will work with a range of creative facilitators and organisations, as well as the non-arts sector, to co-deliver a series of accessible and inclusive art experiences for schools, families, community and marginalised groups.

The projects will focus on a number of key countryside locations and sites, building on partnership working and exploring delivery methods that can be replicated across the AONB longer-term through future funding programmes and support.

Additional funding support has been secured from Northbrook Community Trust and Norman Family Charitable Trust. 


Pebbled Heights, Mossy Depths

Join artist and writer Ellen Wiles on a literary soundwalk and connect with the East Devon landscape, wherever you are.

Reflecting the experience of being on a long walk – sparking memories, thoughts and sensations – this literary soundwalk loosely follows part of the East Devon Way, and moves through a rich variety of landscapes; exploring the nature, landscape, wildlife, and layers of history that make this place unique.

Visit for listening tips and bonus tracks. You can also download the soundwalk in individual sections.

Commissioned by Double Elephant and East Devon AONB as part of the ROUTES project, curated by artist Emma Molony, to connect people and nature. Funded by Arts Council England.

6 Woodland Activities

Simple activities that you can try that link to the workshops we ran with schools and are perfect for creative and fun ways to connect with nature. Click the image to download.

Nature Activity Trail

Download a copy of the map for our nature trail in Harpford Woods. Find the creative nature boxes along the way…


This project will form an integral part of developing East Devon AONB’s approach to enabling an emotional connection to nature under our commitment to nature as pledged in the NAAONB Colchester Declaration.

It will also link with the NAAONB National ‘Art in the Landscape’ Strategy and a key aim to connect people to nature and the natural beauty of the AONBs, increasing creativity, wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviour.

Part funded by the Arts Council England (ACE), the project activities will meet key ACE outcomes for Cultural Communities: Villages, towns and cities thrive through a collaborative approach to culture and Creative People:  Everyone can develop and express creativity throughout their life



  • Spring 2021 – Project start
  • Spring 2022 – Project end



For access to landscape locations for activities and events.

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