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National Park app is better than ever

Grassington, 27 July, 2012.

Smartphone owners can now download a galaxy of information about more areas of the Dales – thanks to hi-tech wizardry from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA).

An official app was launched by the Authority in May last year covering Malham and Hawes. It allows iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Symbian users to discover things to see and do and to download a huge bundle of facts about the two areas and the National Park in general before and during their visit.

An updated version now including information on Dent and Reeth is available for iPhone and Android phones – and it has already been downloaded more than 8,000 times.

Karen Griffiths, the Authority’s Interpretation Officer, said: “We like to keep abreast of developments in smartphone technology so we can offer the most comprehensive service to our visitors.

“The app for Malham and Hawes has been really popular and thousands of people have downloaded it so far. It basically gives you a digital guidebook to the particular area as well as a whole range of information about things like its history and archaeology and its scenery and landscape.

“This update means visitors now have a huge database on walking and cycling routes, places to visit and things to see in four areas of the National Park.

“Archaeology audio trails covering Dent and Lower Wensleydale have also gone live on our specialist website at www.outofoblivion.org.uk/audio.asp, meaning that there is now one for each of the eight geographical areas of the National Park.

“The trails are also illustrated so you can see a photo of each stopping point on your smartphone as you walk along the individual routes.

“We have also installed a Bluetooth/wifi hub covering the area around the bus shelter in the main car park in Dent so people can download the new audio trail in written format to their phones.”

Information on where to go to download the app can be found on the Authority’s website at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/ydnpapp  or by scanning the attached QR code.

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