A mammoth adventure along the North Norfolk coast

A recent article in The Independent announcing a new smartphone App has provided more reasons to visit the North Norfolk Coast. This App focuses on the cliffs from Weybourne to Cart Gap. Weybourne is a half hours drive, subject to traffic, to the East of Brancaster Staithe, but well worth a visit. Quoting from the article:

“As well as the largest and oldest mammoth ever found in Britain, Norfolk has the oldest human footprints outside of Africa,” according to David Waterhouse, senior natural history curator at Norfolk Museum Services. “And it’s the only county in the UK to have evidence of four different species of human.”

Thankfully, you don’t need to be an expert to get a flavour of what life was like here 850,000 years ago – with the help of a free app, it’s easier than ever to discover it for yourself.

The App is called DHC Explorer AR and can be downloaded onto your smartphone for use in the field.

The DHC Explorer Augmented Reality (AR) app covers the coastal Discovery Trail, which snakes some 22 miles from Weybourne to Cart Gap. The trail itself is divided into 10 manageable walking routes, much of which is clifftop, with segments along the beach and occasional detours inland.  

The app brings all of this to life with a map, tide times (essential for some of the beach sections), oodles of information, games for younger ones (you can virtually collect mammoth bones as you go), and a collection of AR characters. Along the way, there are 11 Discovery Points – monolith-like info boards – that offer a window into the world of the Hominin family, who share facts about different locations through the app.

We hope that next time you stay you might choose to explore that section of the Norfolk Coast Path. The Norfolk Coast Bus service stops about a 100 yards from your apartment and can take you to and from pick up points along that section of the coast.

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