Walkers are now welcome to use their smart phones to find their way
WALKERS will soon be able to use their smart phone or device to enjoy a range of new routes in Chesham.
Chesham Walkers are Welcome is developing a series of four walks around the town, using a free, interactive app for smart phones, tablets and Apple watches.
The walks are based on routes originally created by Chesham Museum for some of its guided walks.
The app will allow residents and visitors to follow a route on their phones, with highlighted stops at points of interest where information screens can be accessed, giving details of the history and significance of the sites.
There are walks in the Old Town, the High Street and Waterside, plus one in the footsteps of Thomas Harding, the local martyr.
The walks will be illustrated with photographs, and it is anticipated that they will all be available by the end of the year.
The app is the brainchild of a local company, Handheld Tours, which specialises in developing app-based experiences for museums, outdoor attractions, historic homes, heritage sites and countryside throughout the UK.
The company has worked with organisations in a number of towns, notably Chipping Norton and Guildford, and bodies such as the Chilterns Conservation Board.
It has also published themed walks, including one for London Theatres.
Chesham Walkers are Welcome committee member Ken Austin said: “We hope the app will encourage many visitors into Chesham to discover its fascinating and intriguing history. But for those who prefer a more traditional approach, there will also be downloadable leaflets describing the walks.”
Arthur LaCour of Handheld Tours said: “The app makes downloading walks effortless, and once it’s downloaded you don’t even need a data connection to navigate or access information, setting you free to explore with only a GPS signal.”
The project is being funded by grants from the Heritage Lottery, the Chilterns Conservation Board, Chiltern District Council and Chesham Town Council.
Chesham Walkers are Welcome was launched in 2010, and is part of a nationwide network of similar organisations.