This is an archived press release
Friday 1 February 2008
1 February 2008
Plug in to the Peaks on your iPod
Walkers can pack their MP3 players with free audio walking guides at a new high-tech download centre – only the second in the country – based at Bakewell Visitor Centre.
The specially-designed Peak Experience download centre offers 13 audio-trails and three podcasts, with accompanying maps printed out there and then, as a new way of exploring the dramatic Peak District National Park.
Users slot their iPod or other MP3 player into the machine, choose walks from a touchscreen, download the guide and go out with their own instant personal narrator to accompany a walk. Some guides also include music and drama, and the system can be used on certain mobile phones.
The equipment has been set up by Peak Experience, an award-winning partnership between the Peak District National Park Authority, local councils and environment organisations set up to expand ways of exploring the Peak District, including using new media such as this.
Peak Experience project officer Dan Boys said: “The download centre is a brilliant way of acquiring your very own personal walking guide, for free, which you can use at your leisure.
“The guides are packed with information about the landscape and buildings, covering historic and archaeological sites, geology, wildlife and folklore.
“They can already be downloaded from our website, www.peak-experience.org.uk, via your computer, but this offers an instant download facility for people who pop in to the visitor centre and did not know about it beforehand.”
There are themed trails, including Film and Literature locations or Time Travellers, or area walks, for instance, around Edale or Stanton Moor. They can also be printed out instantly for those who prefer written guides.
The download centre will be at Bakewell Visitor Centre (Bridge Street) until April, and then at the Castleton Visitor Centre.
The equipment was supplied by ATS-Heritage, which provides audio and audio-visual services to stately homes, museums and attractions across the country.
Peak Experience is financed by the European Union regional development fund and the Derby and Derbyshire Rural Action Zone.