Brixham Arts & Theatre Society continue their role as arts mentors and creative supporters in Brixham and the surrounding area with the commissioning of a new brixhamwalks.org website. Brixhamwalks.org works on phones and computers alike, is easy to use and easy to share. Acting as a guide, it leads you through various different routes, through locations, providing relevant details and historical facts concerning these locations. Providing a simple to follow and use map it uses your current location and automatically displays the information for the location in formats suitable for disability access requirements.

BATS Director, Cecilia Kean, explains, “There have been several efforts made by different groups in the town to portray the heritage of Brixham in various formats, such as The Pirate’s Trail, with points around the town that can be clicked on by smart phones to tell stories, the heritage aspects of the town with the BrixFest walk map and app and information boards around the harbour telling the stories of the trawler development, the fishing fleet and various buildings. Sadly they have all now vanished as people have moved away or groups ceased.

After being introduced to Dave Barter of Nautoguide, we discovered it was possible to make an interactive map where the participant can move around the town and images, stories, songs and bits of video pop up. Different themes  and a selection of walks can also be selected. 

We decided to focus on an initial design exploring The Steps of Brixham. The town is pretty unique with the variety and number of flights of steps, some private and others still in use, and a variety of scales of difficulty to walk up and down them. Their history is fascinating. After much collating together of photographs and stories of the steps at various points in their history and the people who lived and worked on them, the Steps of Brixham walks were created.

The second series of walks added is The Murals and Street Art of Brixham. Wallls around Brixham used to be very monochrome in days gone by, fading whitewash and rarely painted. Nowadays they show a rainbow of colours, with murals dotted around the harbour.  Since 2008 walls across the town have sprouted wings, warships and Winston churchill , as well as mountaineers and the seductive kiss of a mermaid. 

It is planned to add other layers and walks to the website, such as the the Architecture & Buildings, Brixham’s Art & Artists, The Gardens of Brixham, Brixham Nature Walks, Pirates and Smugglers, Ghosts of Brixham, The Military History of Brixham and Brixham’s Historic Railway, working with other groups to add their information too… the heritage of the fishing industry, Shoalstone Pool, the archaeology…the list could be endless.

This is now a real resource for Brixham that is interactive so anyone can log on and use it, whether a local wanting to research their family or house history or a visitor seeking a fitness walk around the town (and you can certainly keep fit on some of the steps!). There is also provision for people to send us their memories and pictures so it can become a long lasting memory board for the town.