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LAND LINES - The Landscape Puzzle
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The location-based puzzle that links landscape with local history
Wednesdays 26 January to 2 March 2005 1.30-2.00pm

Brett Westwood returns with the location-based puzzle exploring the lines connecting people to places over the centuries. Each programme is researched with the help of local historians and residents, and with their help Brett sets the puzzle for the week's two landscape detectives. Out on location they read the clues in the landscape to uncover the stories, idiosyncrasies, and land lines of the area. It's a series full of surprises; with clues that range from the remains of a Stone Age cooking site to a space age neutrino detector, and land lines that connect industry, geology, literature, poetry, folklore, warfare, farming, and art.

Land Lines

Programme 1: 26 January 2005

The Hoo Peninsula, N Kent

The world's first torpedo, a mediaeval duck trap and the inspiration for a Dickens novel.

Detectives: ecologist and geographer, Erica Towner, and poet, James Crowden.

Useful links:

RSPB Northward Hill reserve - a place to get a feel for the marshes and their wildlife.

Listen again  Listen again to Programme 1

Programme 2: 2 February 2005

The Stroud Valleys, Gloucestershire

Aztecs, Mohicans, snooker, and cider on the Cotswold Edge.

Detectives: ecologist and writer, Paul Evans, and poet, James Crowden.

Useful links:

The Stroudwater Textiles Trust - a source of information on all matters to do with the wool industry of the area.

Listen again  Listen again to Programme 2

Programme 3: 9 February 2005

The Brecks, East Anglia

Inuit ice hills, disappearing lakes, and medieval fur trimmings on this ancient heath.

Detectives: landscape publisher, Richard Purslow, and writer, Paul Evans.

Useful links:

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust - owners of the Weeting Heath reserve where Stone Curlew nest in the spring.

General information on visting and exploring the Brecks from the Brecks Tourism Partnership.

Listen again  Listen again to Programme 3

Programme 4: 16 February 2005

The Black Country

Glass blowing, iron smelting, and troglodytes in the West Midlands.

Detectives: geographer, Ian Mercer, and community artist, Steve Rowley.

Useful links:

Information on Kinver Edge and the Holy Austin rock houses owned by the National Trust.

Listen again  Listen again to Programme 4

Programme 5: 23 February 2005


Monastic conflict, Viking names and pencils from the heart of the Lake District.

Detectives: ecologist, Paul Evans, and landscape publisher, Richard Purslow.

Useful links:

General Lake District info from the Lake District National Park Authority.

The National Trust site for Borrowdale.

The Cumberland Pencil museum for info on history of graphite and Pencils.

Details of the Keswisk Mining Museum for info on Graphite and other mining in the area.

Listen again  Listen again to Programme 5

Programme 6: 2 March 2005

Sherwood Forest

Our changing relationship with trees from the "home" of Robin Hood.

Detectives: folklorist, Jennifer Westwood, and writer, Paul Evans.

Useful links

History ecology and conservation of Sherwood Forest.

Information and access to Sherwood forest from the Notts County council - Sherwood Forest Country Park.

The National Trust's Clumber Park estate with its 2 mile double lime tree avenue.

Listen again  Listen again to Programme 6

Land Lines was originally developed with the help of the charity - Common Ground - which encourages the valuing and protection of local landscapes. Their web site is full of further interesting landscape connections.

If you think the landscape near you has the potential to make a Land Lines puzzle, please email details to Many thanks - Grant Sonnex, producer
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