Hidden Heritage App

The Forest of Dean is sometimes described as a green island nestled between two rivers, the mighty Severn and the gentle Wye. This ancient forest has had a rather traumatic past - in medieval times it was a royal hunting forest, then a source of timber for the Navy's Tudor warships and by Victorian times a major site of industry, its noisy landscape greatly scarred by coal and iron mining, quarrying, and all the smaller enterprises associated with them.

The aim of this App is to allow the user to discover this Hidden Heritage while navigating the Family Cycle trail using a GPS located “offline” Map. The trail generally follows the route taken by the Severn and Wye Steam Railway, including the Mineral Loop and Central Railway.

When downloaded to your device, the app presents a large scale (6” to one mile) 1920s map of the central Forest area and the route is highlighted on the map.

As you explore the trail, your location will be tracked on the map using the GPS built into your device. When you near a Point Of Interest, GPS triggers a set of information which relates to the site. This could be text, audio, a static historic picture or a “fade image” that shows a smooth transition between the historic and modern landscape.


The App has been developed during this phase of the Programme to show what can be achieved, and to act as a template for the development of similar guides for other trails in the Programme area. It will be possible for other community groups to use this template to create their own Heritage App for their own trail, site or building in future. 


The App is available to download free from the Apple i-store, click on logo for details: New Hidden Heritage App FREE on the Apple i-store

Project lead:

Sue Middleton    tel : 0300 067 4789 email: sue.middleton@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


Hidden Heritage App