“Walking app” features Britain’s famous White Horses

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The White Horse of Cherhill.
The White Horse of Cherhill.

A new app featuring the famous white horses of Wiltshire has been released, covering 100 miles and the nine iconic horses, from the ancient Uffington horse to the newer chalk equine at Devizes.

The app, for Apple and Android devices, gives users a free interactive tour of the White Horses, with a brief history and soundtrack.

The nine horses in Alton Barnes, Broad Town, Cherhill, Devizes, Hackpen, Marlborough, Pewsey, Westbury and Uffington can be seen on six different walks, covering 100 miles.

The app has two modes. Armchair play is for would-be tourists, who will see black icons on a map indicating audio. Pictures are shown and audio played.

Active Play mode is for when a user is near the horses. Once the map has loaded an icon showing audio locations is shown, and the walkers path is recorded. All the sound and images are GPS linked and will play automatically.

The device will register the sounds visited, and when they are all triggered the user is rewarded with a bonus image of one of Ali Pretty’s escape maps, designed specifically for this project. This can be played as a collecting game or by simply walking at random within the sound zones.

The sound park was created as part of Walking the Wessex White Horses, developing the work Ali Pretty and Richard White started in Wiltshire in 2013. The sounds were contributed by sonic artists from all over the world with additional contributions from walkers and historians, David Dawson and Brian Edwards.

Ali Pretty’s escape maps were originally painted on silk, referencing the secret escape maps used by the military in the past.

More information: whitehorsewalk.co.uk/

The iPhone/iPad version is on iTunes.

There are also separate apps for each of the White Horses, for Apple and Android.

 

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