What if old canals and factories could tell you their own story? In one part of the Black Country that somehow seems just a bit closer following the publication of what might be the area’s first online audio trail.
Produced by local landscape archaeologist Norman Neal, the route takes visitors on a walk around Bumble Hole and Warrens Hall Local Nature Reserves, on the boundary between Dudley and Sandwell.
By making an audio commentary available online and also to Android phone users, the Bumble Hole trail shows how heritage trails in the Black Country can be presented in a new way, opening wider potential to promote interest in the landscape. The flexibility of the online presentation has also already made it possible to improve early versions of the guide based on views of the first couple of dozen people to try it out. We understand wheelchair and buggy-friendly versions will also soon be available.