Phone app walkers a new insight into the South Downs

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PEOPLE with smart phones are being encouraged to experience the South Downs National Park in a new way.

New technology has been built into 40 new waypost signs set up at nine sites along the 100-mile South Downs Way.

It will invite visitors to ‘tap in’ to the signs and discover more information about the local area and nearby places of interest.

The South Downs National Park is the first in the country to test the QR code and ‘augmented reality’ technology.

Details that visitors can uncover include map references, links to YouTube videos, photos, local history, audio commentary and information about the wildlife that lives nearby.

Andy Gattiker, trail officer for the South Downs Way, said: ‘There are fascinating landscapes across the National Park where it’s just not appropriate to put up large display panels.

‘By tapping in to these small signs smartphone users will be able to discover all sorts of information about the land they’re walking through.’