This is an archived press release
Wednesday 12 September 2007
11 September 2007
Have text, will travel – from pre-history to the present day
Text messages will help to whisk people along a new Three Forts Trail in the Hope Valley – transmitting transport times to reach the next heritage spot.
Using their mobile phones, visitors to the prehistoric Mam Tor hill-fort, the Roman Navio fort and the medieval Peveril Castle, can find out when the next bus or train is due to take them to the next site.
It’s the latest innovation (following dramatised podcast trails) from Peak Experience, a publicly-funded partnership which offers downloadable guides on different themes throughout the Peak District National Park.
All the visitor needs is to log on to the www.peak-experience.org.uk website and download the trail from the time-travellers section, or ask for a leaflet in visitor information centres. The guides give details of how to text the stop number when at one of the forts, and the next departure-times will be texted back.
The guides also give the history of these three important ancient monuments spread out along the beautiful Hope Valley. They tell the fascinating story of when the valley needed to be defended from enemies down the ages.
The Hope Valley is a prime site to test this new concept promoting “green” travel, as it is well-served by train and bus services, both locally and between Sheffield and Manchester.
Peak Experience project officer Bill Bevan said: “We have made it easy for visitors to get up-to-date information on buses and trains so that they know exactly when the next departure is from each of the forts. Visitors need never be worried about missing a bus.”
Carol Clemett of English Heritage said: “English Heritage are delighted that one of our major properties features in this new innovative guide that uses new technology to encourage visitors to explore the region’s heritage by public transport.”
The Three Forts Trail is the first of a series of new trails to be launched this autumn.
- Peak Experience is led by the Peak District Interpretation Partnership, funded by the European Union Economic Regional Development Fund, Derby and Derbyshire Rural Action Zone, and supported by local authorities and companies.