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A word in your ear…podcast trails through the Peaks

This is an archived press release

Thursday 2 August 2007

2 August 2007

A word in your ear…podcast trails through the Peaks

How about tracking Peak District film-locations with surround-sound? Or hearing a World War 2 ‘Dambuster’ as you walk by the famous dams? Or listening to the tramp of centurions’ feet as you tread a Roman road over the moors?

Eight new podcast “audio-trails” with music, songs and historic narrative can now be downloaded onto MP3 players or mobile phones to add history and drama to themed walks in the Peak District National Park.

Put together by the Moors for the Future Partnership, five pilot audio-trails were launched last year in a simpler format.

Now local scriptwriters, musicians, songwriters, historians and a youth club have added their creative input to the latest offerings.

The walks range from two to 10 miles and include:

  • a film and literature-locations theme from Hathersage
  • a “ghost of a river” trail produced with Grindleford Youth Club
  • a stroll around Ladybower and Derwent reservoirs with ‘Dambuster’ Guy Gibson
  • a walk on Gardom’s Edge, home to the National Park’s most famous prehistoric rock art
  • an exploration of the Burbage Valley near Sheffield, with a cheeky time-travelling expert.

They can be downloaded from www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk (click on Audio Trails). Or you can hire an MP3 player from one of the participating venues close to the start of many of the walks, or print off a map and directions from the website. A leaflet promoting all the audio trails will be available from visitor centres, local attractions and accommodation providers from the middle of August.

Each of the stations along the Hope Valley railway line are served by the podcast walks, and Mark Barker, of Northern Rail which operates the train service, said “This is a fantastic initiative that provides yet another incentive to jump on the train to visit the wonderful heritage that the Peak District offers.”

Dan Boys, of Moors for the Future, said: “The array of audio trails we now offer a variety of styles and lengths, and there should be something for everyone to enjoy. The walks range from very factual, Radio 4 style documentaries to easy listening stories interspersed with music and the sounds of the moors.”

This is an archived press release

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