Plym Valley Heritage Trail ⠀

Thrussells designed and made twenty-six artworks that make up the five mile long trail. The Plym Valley Heritage Trail follows the Plym River down from Dartmoor to the Plymouth sound. Plym River gets it’s name from the Plum trees that used to grow along banks of the river and Plym Estuary also gives it’s name to Plymouth City built at the mouth of the river.

Plym Valley has seen a huge amount of history over the centuries.. old slate quarries are found along the banks, mills were built at Marsh Mills and the Plym Valley Railway runs through the valley up to Dartmoor where granite and clay quarries are found. The valley is full of wildlife in and around the river. The river is known for it’s Salmon and the valley is known for the Falcons that nest in the old quarries. Oil Beetles are found in the valley woodlands as well.  All these subjects have been depicted in the sculptural benches, way-markers and features. Thrussells worked closely with Plymouth City Council and the National Trust to create the trail. Every piece of artwork was designed with input from either community groups, schools and colleges.

Thrussells worked with glass artist Roberta Ayles who designed and made each glass element in the way-marker signs.

11 Way-markers, 11 Leaf Benches and 4 Feature Sculptures can be found along the valley.

  • Completed 2015
  • Design and made by Thrussells
  • Galvanised Mild Steel, Oak and Fused Glass
  • Commissioned by Plymouth City Council

Plymouth Museum Website – Plym Valley Heritage Trail

Facebook Page – Plym Valley Heritage Trail

Glass Artist – Roberta Ayles

National Trust – Plymbridge Woods

Plymouth Britain’s Ocean City website – Plym Valley Trail