Bowlees Visitor Centre where the Wifi / Bluetooth unit will be installed Bowlees Visitor Centre where the Wifi / Bluetooth unit will be installed North Pennines project outline

North Pennines Dales LEADER and its local partner North Pennines AONB would like to test the application and use of wifi and blue tooth technology at a location small visitor centre.  The application of technology would allow visitors to access information and interpretation on the geological (and other) heritage of that area at times that the centre is not staffed.  When the centre is open, people would be able to access interpretation via a touch screen.

North Pennines Information Post

One of the self-guided leaflet walks in the North Pennines One of the self-guided leaflet walks in the North Pennines The project in the North Pennines will develop an information post which is accessible by mobile phones in the immediate area and which will allow visitors to access interpretation of the Geopark, self guided walks, audio-files etc.  In addition this unit will also allow access to other essential visitor information such as those outlined above.  The project aims to deliver 24 hr access to such information and interpretation at a small visitor centre in a location in Upper Teesdale which acts as a focal point for visitors, but which is facing severely reduced opening hours for the time being.

North Pennines project analysis

The project will record the development of such a service, the adaptation of existing interpretive materials and other visitor information to a new format. In addition it will record the use the service by visitors and will attempt to analyse the response from visitors to this service. 

The project will potentially benefit 10,000 visitors per year and support the services provided by 20 tourism and related businesses in Upper Teesdale.