Walthew House, a charity for people with vision and hearing difficulties , has launched the trail, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the country to utilize braille. Lasting around two hours, the aim is to solve clues on a circular route of approximately two miles, incorporating plaques, signs, statues, monuments, images, engravings or any other unique features found in the area.
As well as utilizing sales of the trail to raise funds, the charity will encourage its service users to take on the challenge of the full trail accompanied by sighted guides. It also plans to host British Sign Language-interpreted events for deaf people who want to participate in the trail.
The Stockport Brows and Bridges Trail in Greater Manchester also aims to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by people with visual impairments on a daily basis.
The trail was designed by Treasure Trails’ writer, Stuart Marshall. “I’ve actually devised two separate trails for them,” he says. “The first will feature a short section towards the end that will focus specifically on the charity’s work and incorporate tactile clues where players will have to use touch to solve them. We have also put together a slightly shorter second version for less sighted participants and Walthew House can convert both versions into braille.”
Treasure Trails is a Cornwall-based company, which creates fun, interactive experiences for people of all ages to enjoy. There are more than 1200 of self-guided trails available throughout the UK. To find out more, please visit here.