A FREE mobile phone app featuring heritage trails around the county has been launched by the Cumbria Museum Consortium.
Cumbria Heritage Trails has been produced as part of the Treasures of Cumbria project. It features eight trails around Cumbria and brings together the county’s breathtaking natural splendour with stories and facts about the people, events and industries that have shaped it.
Some of the trails have been developed with the help of local heritage organisations. Lakeland Arts has created a tour of Kendal through the eyes of mid-century photographer Joseph Hardman while The Northern Viaduct Trust supplied content for a circuit from Kirkby Stephen taking in the Merrygill and Podgill viaducts.
Project co-ordinator Mary Ferguson said: “We’ve featured trails on the app that highlight lesser-known gems as well as some of the more popular routes. We’ve travelled from Alston in the east to Whitehaven in the west and tried to find something for everyone. We’ve loved researching, testing and writing up the trails and hope they inspire people to get out and about and discover the county’s rich heritage.”
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The app is currently available for download on Apple devices from the App Store. An Android version will be released shortly. For anyone without a smartphone, .pdf files of all the routes can be downloaded from the Treasures of Cumbria website (http://treasuresofcumbria.org.uk/article/cumbrian-heritage-trails)