Church Stretton stars in new mobile phone app

By Lucy Todman | Church Stretton | Attractions | Published:

The beauty of Church Stretton will be spread worldwide after the town became one of the first in the country chosen to pilot a new GPS app scheme.

Entitled Epic England, by the award-winning GPS-audio tour brand, Geotourist, the tour will uncover the history of the famous town which nestles at the foot of the Long Mynd.

Church Stretton was chosen by Shropshire Hills Tourism to represent the rich heritage of the area, attracting visitors from home and abroad. The audio tour can be listened to on location, or from anywhere in the world and can be shared via social media with family and friends, just like a postcard.

The audio tour takes people on a leisurely hour-long stroll around the town centre, bringing to life the thousand-year history of the town through the medium of its many historic buildings.

The tour was devised by the local history writer, Barrie Raynor, and recorded by Pete Johnson, a retired radio presenter, now resident in the town.

The Long Mynd

Barrie said: “It is fascinating to trace how the present day town has been shaped by its long history, hopefully encouraging both residents and visitors to explore the town as well as the beautiful surrounding hills.”

The Mayor of Church Stretton, Councillor Michael Braid, added: “This audio tour provides yet another incentive to visitors to come and enjoy our very special town and one that is free to everyone.”

Paul Davis, chair of Shropshire Hills Tourism said: “Church Stretton is often overlooked as visitors head to Carding Mill Valley, but this new trail underlines the attractive heritage of the town itself.”

The Geotourist app is available for Apple and Android phones. To download, click on:

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.


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