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Ashdown Forest Explorer

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Ashdown Forest Explorer

The Ashdown Forest Explorer iOS app is the essential guide to exploring the home of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Ashdown Forest is the largest public access space in the South East of England, attracting at least 1.5 million visitors a year.  On account of its heathland and populations of many rare species, it is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).  It also lies at the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is ‘home’ to one of the world’s most famous fictional creatures, Winnie-the-Pooh.

Despite this, visitors often find it difficult to orientate themselves when they arrive at any of the 44 car parks located across the Forest’s 10 square miles.

The Ashdown Forest Explorer iOS app locates you in the Forest and offers ten walking trails to help you explore all corners of the Forest. Why not follow in the footsteps of Pooh, visit the Airman’s Grave or take a Walk Amongst Friends?

Screenshots from the Ashdown Forest Explorer iOS app

Screenshots from the Ashdown Forest Explorer iOS app

The app uses GPS to trigger information and help you follow trails. It also reveals the stories behind each of the 44 car parks’ unusual names. And at just 3mb, the Ashdown Forest Explorer app is smaller than your favourite track on iTunes!

“We had wanted to initiate remote mobile phone interpretation within the Forest for a number of years, without knowing exactly how to approach it. Audio Trails presented a number of tailored options, and the final result is excellent.”

Dr. Hew Prendegast, Conservators of Ashdown Forest


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The ‘Ashdown Forest Explorer’ app is an updated version of the ‘Ashdown Forest’ app, first released back in 2011.

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