A Place Called Home

Avril Douglas



dates: Throughout


location: Garrigill ,near Alston.


directions : From Alston take the A686 to Penrith, the road to Garrigill is the first turning on the left (road is signed). Follow the road through the hamlet of Leadgate and continue toward Garrigill. Continue along the road for approx. 1 mile until you cross over a bridge. Immediately after the bridge, turn left along a track to Dryburn . Follow the public footpath, which runs along the side of the right hand fork at the bottom of the lane. Please note this is a footpath and not a lane for cars, there is no public parking. It is on the C2 C route.

If accessing the route from Garrigill, the Pennine Way to Alston runs along the South Tyne follow the public footpath signs along the river.


The natural environment of the riverbank running from Rotherhope mine to Garrigill includes trees , walls, stiles, dense vegetation and open areas of land. It is approx a 5km walk which is part of the Pennine Way , l inking Garrigill village to the market town of Alston. A popular local walk which also attracts visitors and walkers though out the summers and winter months. The project has placed unusual animals and figures, made from recycled materials in different areas along the length of the walk. These are made from a variety of different materials, all recycling local waste. They are sited within the natural environment of the riverbank. The models vary in size from 2mtrs in height for some of the figures, to smaller ones hidden in domestic type structures in the undergrowth or walls. Some are placed singularly others grouped , ‘having a day out’ or peeping from behind trees or walls. The smaller ones are grouped together and placed as if just chanced upon being seen in their homes, watching with apprehension or interest. They are all brightly coloured and made from recycled river waste and plastic household objects as part of their construction. The y can be found in six sites along the 5km section of the path and are a temporary part of the environment for the duration of FRED.